Alex Smith who was born on May 7, 1984 in Bremerton, Washington. He has played QB for the San Francisco 49ers and is currently the starting QB for the Kansas City Chiefs. He has been in the NFL since 2005. He has been elected to the Pro Bowl once.
10 interesting facts about the Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith
Alex Smith played college football for the Utah Utes. The Utah Utes finished ranked 5th in the Mountain West Conference and Smith was awarded Player of the Year honors in the Conference.
Alex Smith was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in he 2005 NFL draft in the first round with the first pick overall in the draft. Smith signed his rookie contract for 6 years/$49.5 million with $24 million guaranteed.
Alex Smith during his first six seasons had six different offensive coordinators resulting in inconsistency because of the turnover in the front office and the head coaching positions. It left the team extremely unbalanced which probably contributed to Smith’s tendency to get injured.
Alex Smith married a former Oakland Raider cheerleader, Elizabeth Barry and has two sons, Hudson and Hayes.
Alex Smith started two of his own charities in 2007, Alex Smith Foundation and the Alex Smith Guardian Scholars Program. He seeded these charities with $500,000 and the charities are held up as a model for allocating 91% of the monies they receive. The focus of the charities is to send foster children to college.
Alex Smith was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013 and was named starting QB by new head coach Andy Reid. He immediately led the Chiefs to a 9-0 start and got them to the playoffs, the first time in 3 years.
Alex Smith and Reggie Bush were teammates at Helix High School in California. In 2004, they were both finalists for the Heisman trophy which was the first time a high school had two athletes in the same year vying for the trophy.
Alex Smith graduated the University of Utah with a degree in economics which only took him two years to complete since he matriculated to college with 64 credits. Alex Smith graduated with a 3.74 GPA and was working on his masters degree all the way up to being drafted.
Alex Smith posted a career 21-1 record as a starting QB under coach Urban Meyer running a high powered spread offense. He finished his college career with 5,203 yards passing, 47 TDs, 8 INTs and a 66.3% completion percentage.
Alex Smith lost his starting job to Colin Kaepernick after sustaining a concussion against St. Louis Rams. Even though, Smith was ranked 3rd in QBR in the NFL, had a career 19-5-1 record playing for Jim Harbaugh, he was permanently replaced by Colin Kaepernick after Harbaugh said he would “go with the QB with the hot hand.”
Sources:Kansas City Chiefs, Sports Illustrated, Arrowhead Addict, CMT Artists
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