Former 49ers, Chiefs, and Washington Football Team QB Alex Smith announced his retirement from football via his Instagram account.
Born in Bremerton, Washington, a suburb of Seattle on the Puget Sound, Smith went on to spend most of his childhood in California before being the first player selected in the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Utah. He would spend his first eight seasons in San Francisco, but it wasn’t until 2011 that he would reach the playoffs and ultimately make the NFC Championship Game. He was traded to Kansas City in the 2013 offseason after losing his starting job to Colin Kaepernick.
A five-year run with the Chiefs saw Smith play in three Pro Bowls and break Kansas City’s long drought without a playoff win, but in 2018 he was traded to the Washington Football Team once again due to the emergence of a young QB, this time Patrick Mahomes.
Smith will forever be known for the gruesome and life-threatening leg break that he suffered in 2018, and his subsequent AP Comeback Player of the Year run in 2020.
The 36-year-old retires after a 16-year career in which he started 167 games, three Pro Bowl selections, 199 touchdown passes to 109 interceptions, a 99-67-1 regular season record and a 2-5 playoff record. Considering 49ers fans were chanting for David Carr to start over Smith back in 2010, he did quite well for himself to turn his career around and establish himself as a long-term starter.