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Even Obama has noticed that unit has come around

  • San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Joe Staley (74) blocks for quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in San Francisco, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

SANTA CLARA — San Francisco 49ers fans are no longer booing Alex Smith and calling for his backup.

"Seems like a long time ago, longer than two years ago, for sure," Smith said Wednesday when reminded of some of those lower points in his career.

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Things are going so well these days the quarterback got the chance to meet President Barack Obama this week — and the president had been keeping tabs on his team's progress to boot.

"Very cool," Smith said. "Huge honor, I mean the president of the United States. It's one of those things when you're a kid, yeah, maybe meet the president. Talked ball the whole time."

That special encounter came after Smith threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the San Francisco Giants' Game 1 of the NL division series against Cincinnati on Saturday night.


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