Former San Francisco/Kansas City/Washington quarterback Alex Smith has announced his retirement.
The No. 1 overall draft pick out of Utah in 2005, Smith led all three of his teams to the playoffs, but eventually was replaced by younger quarterbacks—Colin Kaepernick with the 49ers, Patrick Mahomes with the Chiefs, and Taylor Heinicke (due to injury) with the Football Team.
Smith will best be remembered for the gruesome broken leg he suffered in 2018 in his first year in Washington, which led to a series of infections, fears of amputation, and 17 surgeries before he returned to the field in 2020, winning the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award.
Smith made three Pro Bowls in his career. His best season was in 2017, when he led the NFL in passer rating and interception rate and made the top 10 in both DYAR and DVOA.