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Alex Smith handles role with unselfishness, class

Updated: January 27, 2013, 1:58 PM ET
Associated Press

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By JANIE McCAULEY

AP Sports Writer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Alex Smith ran off the field at Candlestick Park two weeks ago to a standing ovation and cheers from the sellout crowd, not much different from the reception last January when he took the San Francisco 49ers oh so close to a Super Bowl.

Now relegated to a backup role with the NFC champions, Smith's trip to the Big Easy this week leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl against Baltimore ...

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