Alex Smith is a quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was chosen by the San Francisco 49ers with the first overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft and reached his first Pro Bowl as a starter for the Chiefs in 2013.
Smith was born in Bremerton, WA on May 7, 1984 and attended Helix Charter High School in La Mesa, CA. He starred at quarterback for the Highlanders, playing alongside future USC star running back Reggie Bush and helping lead the school to a 25-1 record during his final two seasons on campus. He was named First-Team All-Conference in each of those two seasons and eventually signed a letter of intent to play football at the University of Utah.
University of Utah
After enrolling at Utah, Smith played in only two games for the Utes as a freshman. He took over as the full-time starter as a sophomore in 2003, tossing 15 touchdowns and only three interceptions. As a junior, he led the Utes to an undefeated season that concluded with a Fiesta Bowl victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers. He was named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year after throwing 34 touchdowns compared to four interceptions. He graduated early with a degree in economics and declared for the 2005 NFL Draft.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers planned to select a quarterback with the first overall choice in the 2005 NFL Draft and decided to select Smith over California prospect Aaron Rodgers. He signed a six-year, $49.5 million deal following the draft, but injuries hampered him his entire rookie season. He finished with only one touchdown pass and 11 interceptions in nine games, but bounced back nicely in 2006 to toss 16 scores and improve his quarterback rating to 74.8.
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