While some Chiefs fans may not be liking the Alex Smith trade, one fan loves it: Smith’s mother.
Pam Smith, who works for San Diego County, spoke to the Kansas City Star about the reported deal.
“From my perspective, we’re very excited about it,” she said. “We’re very excited about the opportunity, the situation, the coach …Andy Reid is an offensive-minded quarterback coach, and so well-respected and well-thought of, so we’re really excited about that.”
Smith was the No. 1 overall pick in 2005 by the 49ers, but struggled mightily in his first couple seasons.
That all changed in 2011, when the 49ers brought in Jim Harbaugh as head coach. Smith flourished under Harbaugh, putting up career numbers and leading the 49ers to the NFC Championship game where they fell to the Giants.
He was their starting quarterback in 2012 until he suffered a concussion in Week 11, allowing Colin Kaepernick to take over and excel. Kaepernick led the 49ers all the way to the Super Bowl, while Smith watched from the sidelines.
“It was bittersweet,” said Smith’s mother. “It was hard. Alex had worked long and hard and been through a lot of coaching turnover, and a lot of issues … injuries. It seems like things were really clicking, and he was playing at an exceptional high level. It was hard.”
She wrapped it up by describing what the Chiefs can expect from her son:
You’re going to get a smart, very hard-working, very high-character person, and by any measure, one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet.
Spot on. Good luck in Kansas City, Alex.