Alexander Douglas "Alex" Smith (born May 7, 1984) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He was the first overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2005 NFL Draft.
Smith played college football for the Utah Utes. In 2004, he was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and led the Utes to a Fiesta Bowl victory and a national top-five finish. He played for six different offensive coordinators in his first six seasons in the NFL with San Francisco, and he struggled with injuries and consistency. In 2011, Smith enjoyed his strongest statistical season of his career and led the 49ers to the NFC West division title. In the middle of the 2012 season, Smith sustained a concussion and was replaced by Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick started the remainder of the season's games, despite Smith being subsequently medically cleared to play. Following the season, he was traded to Kansas City in 2013 where he led them to a 9-0 start and their first playoff berth in 3 years.
By Dean Hanley
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