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Alex Smith’s mom says leaving SF is “bittersweet”

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Since Alex Smith can’t officially become a Chief for nearly two weeks, we can’t know for sure how he feels about things.

But according to a source close to the former 49ers quarterback — his mother — the move is not going to be without emotions.

It was bittersweet,” Pam Smith told Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star of her son’s losing a job, and then having to move. “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.”

Pam Smith still attends all her son’s games, though the commute from her home in San Diego to mid-America will be a bit longer.

She thought the Chiefs were a good fit for her son.

“You’re going to get a smart, very hard-working, very high-character person,” she said, “and by any measure, one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet.”

At a time of year when anonymous quotes from scouts and personnel men can tear down every player in the league and in the draft, it’s good to know there’s still a way to get an on-the-record quote saying something nice about someone.

So if anybody needs my mom’s phone number, let me know.

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23 Responses to “Alex Smith’s mom says leaving SF is “bittersweet””
  1. skeebo80 says: Feb 28, 2013 11:28 AM

    Think Alex will do well in KC

  2. tjrogers09 says: Feb 28, 2013 11:32 AM

    Good for Alex Smith…Hopefully Andy Reid can mold him into a game changing QB.. It was unfortunate he got a concussion and the backup was as good as he was…That’s the NFL for you, look at Drew Bledsoe getting hurt and Tom Brady is born, same story with Tommy Maddox and Big Ben, Troy Smith was set to be the Ravens starter and gets the flu of Joe Flacco’s rookie season then Flacco gets the start and hasn’t missed a snap since… Just goes to show you the level of unproven talent in the NFL.

  3. bucsfan3 says: Feb 28, 2013 11:33 AM

    Don’t set yourself up for “your mom” jokes like that!

  4. granadafan says: Feb 28, 2013 11:36 AM

    Alex is a class act and handled the benching as a true professional. It’s tough for him to leave beautiful Bay Area and have to live in in bland and featureless Kansas City. Some of the nicest people I ever met were in KC though. Best of luck to him. Beat the raiders!

  5. lionsdraftguy says: Feb 28, 2013 11:44 AM

    Im happy for Alex Smith. Now he doesnt have to be associated with the most classless organization.

  6. dioalice says: Feb 28, 2013 11:46 AM

    I already have her number. BAM…

  7. ningenito78 says: Feb 28, 2013 11:51 AM

    I’ll take your moms number if you’re giving it away.

  8. goldrush36 says: Feb 28, 2013 11:56 AM

    I was gonna day I already have your mom’s number then realized it wasn’t Florio. I’m shattered such an easy setup but wrong person :( lol

  9. baymac408 says: Feb 28, 2013 11:56 AM

    Much respect to Alex!! I will forever have a soft spot for Alex!! He has been through a lot and only got better with time.. Great person on and off the field.. He did a lot of great things in the Bay Area! Alex wife is from Morgan Hill same place I am from.. And they did good stuff for the community.. So good luck Alex you will be missed and you always have a home here in the bay when you retire! Hopefully as a niner one day

  10. nineroutsider says: Feb 28, 2013 11:56 AM

    Weird to think Reid was at the “We Want Carr” game in which Alex was loudly booed every time he breathed by 9ers fans. With Harbaugh’s help, he has been completely reborn as a QB. Now teams are trading important picks for his services. He should feel good about where he is at even though he had a tough ending to his career as a 9er. Surely he wanted to show every 9ers fan that they were dead wrong about him, and he has. We appreciate all that he has been through here and the fight he has displayed; he had every excuse in the world to go the way of Ryan Leaf or Tim Couch, but he battled through it. Congrats to Alex and we all wish him the best…except against us if it comes to that. He will do well in KC; the guy has a lot of pride and determination.

  11. scrp2 says: Feb 28, 2013 12:14 PM

    Alex’s mom went on to say that even she could’ve done a better job than Brady Quinn.

  12. blacknole08 says: Feb 28, 2013 12:18 PM

    Congrats to Alex Smith. I’m really happy for him. He was a bit raw when he got drafted but had potential. The man has been benched numerous times by the likes of Shaun Hill, Trent Dilfer, J.T. O’Sullivan, Troy Smith, David Carr (I can’t really add Kaepernick to that list because he is gonna be a star in this league). He’s taken pay-cuts to stay with this team.

    Then he re-emerges in 2011, almost takes his team to the SB — all that got him was the possibility of being replaced by Peyton Manning.

    Then last season leads his team to a 6-2-1 record last season and loses his job again.

    In the face of adversity he NEVER complained, at least publicly. The trade was a win-win for each side involved. Now he gets a fresh start with a team already stacked with talent, and I forsee good things happening for the Chiefs in the next few years.

  13. deinoslogos says: Feb 28, 2013 12:18 PM

    He’s a good QB who can succeed in the right situation, but I doubt playing for Reid is that situation. If the Chiefs fall behind at any point in a game you can basically book Smith for 40-50 dropbacks. He’s not that kind of QB, but neither was Vick or Foles and Reid threw like mad anyways.

  14. redandgoldhitman52 says: Feb 28, 2013 12:40 PM

    alex smith is gonna stink up the joint in kc. chiefs will go 1-15. alex will be cut after having a worser year then cassell or quinn.

  15. pooflingingmonkey says: Feb 28, 2013 12:44 PM

    I already have your Mom’s number, as it’s written on most truck stop bathroom stalls across this great nation.

  16. tennesseeoilers says: Feb 28, 2013 12:49 PM

    Considering the high level Alex Smith has played at the past two seasons (and especially last season), am I the only one wondering what would’ve happened with him at the helm the rest of last season? Colin K. was an absolute stud, but there’s no denying he caused his team some serious damage during that nightmare of a first half (Super Bowl).

    -Titans Fan

  17. ksiner says: Feb 28, 2013 1:08 PM

    I think I’d take retirement over Missouri! I loved my 7 years living in the Bay area courtesy of the USN so I know what it’s like to leave a beautiful place like that. Seriously Alex… retire!

  18. anrgydeafman says: Feb 28, 2013 1:14 PM

    tjrogers09 says:

    “Good for Alex Smith…Hopefully Andy Reid can mold him into a game changing QB.. It was unfortunate he got a concussion and the backup was as good as he was…That’s the NFL for you, look at Drew Bledsoe getting hurt and Tom Brady is born, same story with Tommy Maddox and Big Ben, Troy Smith was set to be the Ravens starter and gets the flu of Joe Flacco’s rookie season then Flacco gets the start and hasn’t missed a snap since… Just goes to show you the level of unproven talent in the NFL.”

    Great…according to that, Alex won’t pan out. Look at those QBs that lost their job to the rookies, they haven’t done much ever since…and those teams that got them didn’t give up a pick for them. smh.

  19. seamus0317 says: Feb 28, 2013 2:30 PM

    Alex Smith is a class act and I wish him well!

    What happens to #3 Tolzien now? Move up to #2 or get released because he is not a Kaepernick clone?

  20. riseabovecancer says: Feb 28, 2013 5:13 PM

    I dont even now why they are even talking about this still…They just need to wait till March 12th gets here to actually find out if this trade is actually going to happen…Becaus as of reports right know…This is just a huge RUMOR going around.

  21. slickster35 says: Feb 28, 2013 6:56 PM

    Thats nice and all, but…..

    I wish he was bringing an elite arm and a high ceiling with him to KC instead.

    DO NOT WANT YOUR RETREAD TRASH ANY LONGER!

    Of course 9er fans love this deal. You bent our new FO over on this one.

  22. rugolin says: Feb 28, 2013 7:23 PM

    I like reading when your mom has your back and promotes you better than your agent. My mom says I’m cool. The good news for the Chiefs is that they will have a decent quarterback and Andy Reid has a knack of getting the most out of guys at that position.

  23. brendan49 says: Mar 1, 2013 12:03 PM

    lionsdraftguy says: Feb 28, 2013 11:44 AM

    Im happy for Alex Smith. Now he doesnt have to be associated with the most classless organization.

    A Lions fan saying SF are “classless” is just perfect. Harbaugh may have his moments but nothing on your guys getting arrested on possession, road rage and Suh stamping on a guy because he got beat. That’s class.

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