Alex Smith’s relationship with the San Francisco 49ers and their fans has been rocky, to say the least.
Widely considered a draft bust after being selected No. 1 overall in 2005 and vastly underperforming for six seasons, Smith turned things around in 2011 when he led the 49ers to the playoffs, then backed it up with another superb campaign in 2012, which ended abruptly after an injury and Colin Kaepernick happened.
But many people remember the old days, when Smith was horrific and 49er fans wanted David Carr to play quarterback.
Those days are long gone, as Smith was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs and will be playing against his former team on Friday during a preseason game.
On Wednesday, he reminisced about his ups and downs with the 49ers organization in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle:
I think, for me, it’s a positive. And I’m not lying. I’m not BS-ing you. No question, I went through some different things. But it’s kind of led me to where I am today. I started my family there. My wife’s from there. We still have our place there. I love the area. And, to be honest, if I had left two years ago, before Harbaugh had gotten there, I would have held on to a little more – I don’t know what you want to call it – regret or a little more bitter about what had happened. But, to be honest, the last two years I really feel like I’ve kind of made my peace with the fans, the organization in general. That’s why the transition this year has really been so great. It’s really kind of been moving forward. Really kind of at peace with my eight years there.
Of course, it is much harder to be at peace with fans booing you and cheering for your backup than leading your team to the NFC Championship Game.
For Alex Smith, things have surely been a whirlwind as he moves forward in his career with the Chiefs.