Podium or not, 49ers' Alex Smith handles media day

Updated: January 29, 2013, 9:37 PM ET
By Kate Fagan

NEW ORLEANS -- On the podium is a director's chair with a Gatorade towel draped over the arm.

Three small bottles of Gatorade, sweating as they rise to room temperature, have been carefully arranged in a small orange cooler and placed at the foot of the chair. Another Gatorade bottle, this one flavored Glacier Freeze, a bionic light blue, rests on the podium tabletop next to a crisp San Francisco 49ers hat. A carefully tilted microphone wrapped in the NFL logo is the centerpiece, ...

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