Justin Smith’s hard-working ways come into greater focus thanks to a remarkable story from ESPN.com’ Elizabeth Merrill. San Francisco’s four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle doesn’t seek out attention, but this story certainly explains the roots of Smith’s work ethic.
Smith owns the Railwood Golf Club in Holts Summit, Mo., a course that costs $25 to play 18 holes with a cart.
“Just Smith wanted it this way,” Merrill wrote. “He didn’t want to gouge the working man who couldn’t take a Monday off to hit golf balls. Smith would prefer, though, that you didn’t know he’s the owner of this golf course nestled in the rolling hills of Central Missouri.
“His name is not on the voicemail, or the website, and that seems typical. Smith is 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, and one of the most important players on the San Francisco 49ers’ vaunted defense, but he prefers to remain in the background. When his teammates are getting sacks, it means Smith is doing his job. Smith has a goal. When he’s finished with football, he’d like to be able to go to the grocery store without anyone recognizing him.”
Check out more of the top Super Bowl XLVII headlines after the jump.
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News shared the initial practice reports for the 49ers with both starting outside linebackers limited in action.
Inman also offered the best quotes from Wednesday’s availability.
Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News can’t get enough of the Harbaugh family.
Steve Corkan of the San Jose Mercury News shared Ed Reed’s comments on defending the 49ers zone-read plays.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee shared how Vic Fangio’s family supports the 49ers from Baltimore.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com checked in with Aldon Smith, who looks to end a recent sack-less stretch of play.
Matt Maiocco and Mindi Bach of CSNBayArea.com discussed how the 49ers are handling Super Bowl hype.
Maiocco also examined what led to the 49ers choosing Colin Kaepernick as the team’s starting quarterback
Maiocco also continued his matchup series by discussing Patrick Willis facing Ravens fullback Vonta Leach.
Chris Brown of Grantland.com broke down Joe Flacco’s arm-strength and how it leads to success for Baltimore’s offense.
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Just finished up our best practice of the season. Loved the energy and focus. We are locked in.—
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