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Teammates, Coaches, Admirers React To Alex Smith’s Retirement

Apr 19, 2021, 11:03 AM

Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks Alex Smith (11) and Patrick Mahomes (15) warm up before the AFC Wil...

Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks Alex Smith (11) and Patrick Mahomes (15) warm up before the AFC Wild Card game between the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs on January 6, 2018 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah legend and the NFL’s 2020 Comeback Player of the Year Alex Smith announced his retirement on Monday morning.

Smith’s story impressed more than just football fans. His comeback from what could have been a career-ending injury was showcased in ESPN’s Project 11 documentary and stunned viewers with the severity of his injuries and recovery.

Smith was a No. 1 NFL draft pick out the University of Utah and spent 16 years in the NFL. He played for the San Fransisco 49ers, Kansas City Cheifs and the Washington Football Team.

Following the announcement social media flooded with messages to and about Alex Smith and his family.

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Teammates, Coaches, Admirers React To Alex Smith’s Retirement