The San Francisco 49ers selection of quarterback Alex Smith over California native Aaron Rodgers at the 2005 NFL Draft has long been a topic of discussion among 49ers fans and NFL observers alike.

Rodgers famously slid all the way to 24th overall before the Green Bay Packers scooped him up to sit behind Hall of Famer Brett Favre for a few seasons.

According to Rodgers, the selection was made at the behest of head coach Mike Nolan because Smith was more polite.

"The story that I heard, and I don't know if it's true or not, was that Mike Nolan said that when he saw Alex open the car door for his mom, he knew that was the quarterback he wanted," Rodgers said on HBO's Any Given Wednesday.