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Friend's suicide tempers Smith's drive

Healthy, confident 49ers QB renewed even as he grieves a puzzling death

Originally Published: June 29, 2009
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Andre Dabagghian desperately didn't want to have that conversation on Aug. 10, 2008. It was nearly 11 p.m. on a Sunday night, and he knew his good friend, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, already had plenty of pressure on him.

Smith was fighting to keep his starting job during training camp. He was enduring tremendous pain in his surgically repaired right shoulder. The last thing Dabagghian wanted to do was drop this bomb: Smith's best friend, ...

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