Alex Smith, the quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, is having an incredible season, leading his team to their first NFL playoff victory in years! But who is this star player and possible Super Bowl champion? Here are 5 things to know about Alex.
It could finally be Alex Smith’s time to shine. The 31-year-old quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs has been playing football since 2005, but he hasn’t won the big one — the Super Bowl. That might all change, but before it does, get to know the man leading the Chiefs to glory.
1. Alex was a tiny terror when he was a kid.
While growing up in La Mesa, California, Alex was “small, skinny and uncoordinated,” according to the Kansas City Star. On top of that, he was kind of a brat. “The word child we had, by far,” his father, Doug, said. “He was the most obstinate, threw the most tantrums.” Thankfully, they found out that sports would fix his horrible behavior.
2. Sports run in Alex’s family.
No wonder Alex is good at sports. His uncle, John L. Smith, is a college football head coach. Alex’s cousin, Chris Shelton, was a former Major League Baseball first basemen who played for the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, and the Seattle Mariners.
3. Alex is heavily involved in charity work.
Alex is enjoying the best season of his career, throwing for 3,486 yards. He even helped turn around the Chief’s disastrous 1-5 start of the season, leading them on an 10-game winning streak in the regular season, according to the San Jose Mercury News. While this is great, what really makes Alex a winner is his charity work. He set up the Alex Smith Foundation and the Alex Smith Guardians Scholars Program in 2007.
4. Alex Smith has plenty in common with Joe Cool.
Joe Montana, 59, is a four-time Super Bowl champion and, arguably, one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. And Alex is following in his footsteps, according to Fox Sports. When the Chiefs beat the Houston Texans on Jan. 9, Alex became the first quarterback to lead the team to a playoff victory since – surprise, surprise – Joe Montana! Joe played for the Chiefs in his final season, and they won a playoff game in 1994. And, just like Alex, Joe was traded to Kansas City from the San Francisco 49ers!
5. For Alex, it’s all about Love and Football.
It’s a modern day Romeo and Juliet — Alex played for the San Francisco 49ers, but his future-wife, Elizabeth, was a cheerleader for his rivals, the Oakland Raiders, reports Heavy.com. Despite this, the two were able to find love. They were engaged in 2007, married in 2009 and welcomed their first son, Hudson, in 2011. Their second boy, Hayes, was born in 2013.
Are you rooting for Alex and the Chiefs to go all the way, HollywoodLifers?