Mr. Smith goes to Indianapolis

Could a 5th-year veteran quarterback with 22 career touchdown passes, 32 interceptions, and a 65.2 quarterback rating be the biggest story of this NFL weekend?

Well, in a word – no.

However, the compelling saga of the re-birth of one-time #1 overall pick Alex Smith with the San Francisco 49ers does have the potential to get very interesting if his start in Indianapolis this Sunday comes anywhere near replicating his second half performance in last Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.

Don Banks of SI.com calls it “Week 8’s most intriguing storyline shy of you-know-who’s return to Lambeau Field” and, fact is, this Smith tale is about as unique as they come for football fans.  Remember that Smith did not see the field for even a snap last season.

As Banks point out: “Talking to sources within the league this week, I found no one who could really come up with a similar situation from the recent NFL past, where a failed former first-round quarterback receives an unexpected second chance — without having to change teams and start over in a new town.”

Clark Judge of CBSSports.com notes that Smith’s resurgence for the 49ers coincides perfectly with the introduction of former holdout receiver Michael Crabtree into the offense, providing a spark that has been absent in San Francisco for years.

The future is unwritten for this kid, and though there are no guarantees, Smith is still just 25 years old.  Whether or not you have a rooting interest in the 49ers, stories like this are why we follow the game.

Stay tuned.

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~ by acm213 on October 31, 2009.

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