Who Was the Hooded Man Standing Behind Alex Smith During NBC's Post-Game Interview?

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It was one of the greatest videobombs in Internet history. There he stood, bundled under a grey hoodie, inches behind Alex Smith and Michael Crabtree, solemnly nodding in agreement as the quarterback explained to NBC's Michele Tafoya that the 49ers need to take the season one game at a time, a national TV audience snickering and wondering: who is that guy?

They called him "awkward" and "creepy" and "weird." But to our eyes, he will go down as a legend. It was an elegant videobomb, devoid of the attention-seeking arm-waves and drunken,  maniacal grins that have defined the genre. He was composed, with the been-there-before temperament of a man who gets paid to supervise NFL interviews, a look of mild impatience occasionally flashing from his eyes. He took on the air of a boxing promoter accompanying his star fighter to the ring before a pay-per-view bout. And the contemplative nods, with crossed-arms and a furrowed brow -- a brilliant touch.

So, who is this guy?

A social media investigation into the matter suggests that he is Niraj Vora. According to Facebook and Youtube, he is an aspiring rapper enrolled at U.C. Davis.

His Twitter trail provides the evidence.

At 2:14 p.m., @niVoclaps tweets an Instagram picture from the sidelines of Candlestick Park.

At 8:58 p.m., a girl tweets "Talk about #photobomb during the interview with Alex smith and Crabtree! Who is that guy?!! #ninernation #Niners #49ers #sfniners"

Two and a half hours later, @niVoclaps replies to the tweet with a simple and clear "it was me."

As he explained in another tweet, "I was helping with the radio tech, so I got a field pass."

Gamblers should note the stat: So far this season, the 49ers are undefeated against the spread in games when Vora appears in post-game televised interviews.

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@AlbertSamaha thank you for that brilliant piece of investigation. The identity of that guy was the number one question on my mind


I just assumed it was Special Olympics day at Candlestick...


@gerbertakhar Uh it wasn't me and are you calling me a creeper?


@Cool_Hand_Jack You're very welcome. Just doing my job, seeking out the uncomfortable truths.


@Ghai duh it wasn't you...the article says who it was. And #creeper was what he was called by the masses.

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