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NFL After 16-Year Career

Alex Smith Retires from NFL After 16-Year Career with 49ers, Chiefs, WFT🏈

Smith, 36, was the No. 1 overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2005 NFL draft. He spent eight seasons with the Niners but lost his starting role after the emergence of Colin Kaepernick, who stepped in for an injured Smith in 2012 and led the team to the Super Bowl.

Ahead of the 2013 season, the 49ers traded Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs, where he thrived under Andy Reid, playing in three Pro Bowls (2013, 2016, 2017). His best season came in 2017 when he set career highs in passing yards (4,042) and touchdown passes (26) while completing 67.5 percent of his passes and throwing five interceptions.

But the Chiefs had drafted Patrick Mahomes in the first round earlier that year and wanted to turn the starting gig over to him in 2018, a move that looks wise in hindsight. They traded Smith to the Washington Football Team, where he spent the final three years of his NFL career.