Paul Rudd, when asked for his commentary, said, “Honestly, I kept thinking about Alex Smith. Alex Smith, who I believe is the most under-appreciated player in the NFL and has been for a decade. All he did was win. He did everything, handled himself with grace. He was a huge part in all of this.”
Smith is not an all-time great quarterback. He will never be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and it seems unlikely he’ll ever win a Super Bowl. But none of those realities should prevent us from remembering him as a Chiefs legend.
Smith made his mark in Kansas City by not only putting up some of the best statistics in team history from the quarterback position, but also by leading a franchise back in to relevancy after an extended stay at the bottom of the standings. He also helped the maturation process—faster than anyone could have expected—of the NFL’s best young quarterback.
Smith is going to be in the Chiefs Ring of Honor some day. In generations when we tell young Chiefs fans about the Andy Reid era and the dawning of Mahomes’ legacy, we ought not exclude mention of Smith. We know that Reid will not forget him. We know that Mahomes will not forget him. As fans, we should not forget him either. And that, friends, is legendary.
So, what say you Chiefs Kingdom?