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Some San Francisco 49er fans would love to see former starting quarterback Alex Smith get into the action next Sunday when they meet the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

Now, those Smith supporters have a chance to cash in should that opportunity come to fruition. And they can thank one of their fellow 49er faithful for that.

On Wednesday, as William Hill was working on its wagering menu for next Sunday’s game – a menu featuring more than 200 proposititional wagers that were opened for betting on Friday afternoon – the chance to participate in that menu was given to our customers via Twitter and Facebook. We asked for the most creative prop ideas that our customers would find to be unique and interesting, and out of more than 100 submissions in a 24-hour period, Reno resident Mike Smyth submitted the winner:

The official wording of the Yes/No prop will be “Will Alex Smith take a snap from center?” It will be released as part of a second wave of props William Hill is putting out for its customers over the weekend, and Smyth will be credited for coming up with the idea below the pricing.

For his winning submission, Smyth receives a free $100 Super Bowl wager.

Alex Smith was the 49ers pick with the first overall selection in the 2005 NFL draft, and started this season’s first 10 games for the 49ers before suffering a concussion against the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 11. When Smith went down, second-year quarterback – and former Nevada Wolf Pack QB – Colin Kaepernick stepped into the starting role, and thrived. 49ers coach made a gutsy decision in sticking with Kaepernick even after Smith was healthy enough to play again, and the team has ridden that decision all the way to its first Super Bowl appearance since 1995.

Smyth, 50, lived in the Bay Area his entire life before relocating to Reno six years ago, and is a lifelong 49er fan who wouldn’t mind seeing Smith get a moment on the field on pro football’s biggest stage.

“Some 49er fans would like to see Alex get a snap, some would not,” Smyth said. “Who knows? An equipment malfunction for Kaepernick could get him in the game, or if they’re up big at the end of the game, it’d be a classy move by Harbaugh to get Smith on the field. And with Harbaugh, you never know, he may have some special package designed for Smith to throw the Ravens off.”

Smyth, who said that football is primarily his favorite sport to bet, has yet to decide what his free $100 wager will be placed on, but there’s one bet he knows he’ll be making next Sunday.

“I’m going to have to bet the ‘Yes,'” he said of his created wager.

 

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