Jed York congratulates Alex Smith on “a remarkable and inspirational” career

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The 49ers used the No. 1 overall choice on quarterback Alex Smith in 2005. Smith retired Monday after 16 NFL seasons, the first eight spent in San Francisco.

Smith went 38-36-1 with the 49ers, passing for 14,280 yards with 81 touchdowns and 63 interceptions. The 49ers traded Smith to the Chiefs after the 2012 season, and, in 2013, the quarterback earned his first of three Pro Bowls.

49ers CEO Jed York paid tribute to Smith, issuing a statement:

“On behalf of my entire family, the San Francisco 49ers organization would like to congratulate Alex Smith on a remarkable and inspirational NFL playing career. For eight years, Alex represented our franchise with class both on and off the field, and his contributions to the 49ers organization will be remembered forever. Throughout his time in the Red and Gold, Alex showed how perseverance, commitment and hard work were core principles to him as a person and it was truly special to see his impact in the locker room and in the community. Alex continued to show those values over the course his NFL journey, which is why it was no surprise to see him named the 2020 Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year. To Alex, his wife Elizabeth, and their three children, Hudson, Hayes and Sloane, we wish you all the best. You will always be part of the 49ers family.”

8 responses to “Jed York congratulates Alex Smith on “a remarkable and inspirational” career

  1. Class act. This kid, after a rough start, finally grew up and has turned into a decent owner who lets his football guys run things.

  2. Still have Smith’s rookie year jersey. What a guy to put up with all of the disfunction through all those dark days back when he was in SF. Just when the team got its head above water, it was time to go. Nonetheless, Alex Smith never said anything but, “Go Niners”. If Alex Smith was to sign on for a day and go on the field for a salute — once we all get to go back to the stadium — I would guess that he would get one like those reserved for only a few of our yellow jacket guys and Frank Gore.

  3. .596 winning percentage and hasn’t had a losing record as a starter since 2010! Let that sink in in the .500 league. Great athlete, smart, humble, and obviously tough as nails. Congratulations to him on coming back and for an excellent career. Be interesting to know if SF would have made it to SB/won if he hadn’t been injured that year. He kept on chugging (winning) in KC and other guy in SF quickly circled the toidy.

  4. I still think that if SF had stuck with Smith instead of going with Cap, the 49ers would have had a better chance of beating the Seahawks in the SB. But then that’s coulda-woulda-mighta isn’t it. In any case Smith had a lot of hard luck and managed it with poise and class. Good luck to him.

  5. He is a terrific game manager, regularly being the leaders in quarterback rating. Just don’t count on him when you need a 2 minute offense to win the game. His performance against the Saints in that playoff game, when he completed the pass to Vernon Davis for a comeback victory was the exception rather than the rule.

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