Sure enough, the Chiefs traded Smith to the Washington Football Team in 2018, opening the door for Mahomes to become a league MVP and eventually a Super Bowl MVP for the Chiefs.
“Just a tremendous guy, obviously a great player,” Mahomes said, via Pete Sweeney of arrowheadpride.com. “Dealt with adversity throughout his career and always seemed to come out on top and be better from it. He’s dealt with different coaches. He’s dealt with different systems, and he’s always had success and obviously with the injury that he had, been able to come back and lead his team to the playoffs. It shows the type of man that he is, the type of team player that he is, and I’m just grateful for the time that I had with him that really developed me to be the quarterback I am today.”
Chiefs coach Andy Reid and Mahomes were conducting interviews when news of Smith’s retirement broke. Smith has an open invitation to join the Chiefs’ coaching staff, Reid said, if that’s something the former No. 1 overall draft choice decides he wants to do one day.
“You guys know what I feel about him,” Reid said. “He’s just a heck of a person. He had a great career. He played so many years here with different teams, and everywhere he went, he made them better. I texted him a while back if he gets into coaching I get first dibs on him, which I doubt he will, but if he decides to go that route, he’d be a guy that you’d love to have on your staff. He is really a special person. He’ll go down as one of my all-time favorites there.”