Originally posted by EezyNiner:
I initially thought the turning point for Alex was in 2006 at the end of the season against Seattle, with that bootleg run really standing out in my memory. Then, he had the ongoing shoulder injury in 2007 and didn't even play in 2008. I was at the game in Houston in 2009 and Shaun Hill looked like he had cement blocks on his feet. Alex almost made it a comeback before I blacked out (I still remember the final score, 24-21 with VD having 3 2nd half TDs). I had always supported him and told everybody I knew that the next season was his breakout season. After that Philly game in 2010, I thought he was done in SF. I always believed we would part ways after 2010 and he would go on to a team with a real coach and have at least mild success there. I'm glad he came back and has had this success under Harbaugh. It's amazing what coaching can do for a player.
I'm surprised I didn't bring up the Seattle game myself. I was THE only Niner fan in the stands that day...then again, there were only a couple hundred Seattle fans there as well. It was monsoon conditions. In fact, the field was a water bed; it was so bad they actually called the Commissioner and asked if they could postpone it. It was a nationally televised game so they couldn't. I agree, that was really the first glimpse of "man" in Alex. In fact, Gore even made mention that Alex became a man that day. And then Norv left, Gore cried and it was all down hill from there. I don't know if any QB, high school, college, NFL, etc. has ever gone through the adversity he has and come out the other side like Alex has. I saw an interview with he and VD together and Alex was cutting VD up w/o hesitation. You could just "see" the attitude difference, leadership, competitive nature, etc. Thank God...nobody is more deserving (along with Gore) to have sustained success. Let's hope a little luck is on our side this year (freaking Giants) and we get to the Super Bowl!