Doug Robinson: For former Ute great Alex Smith, the best revenge is playing well

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  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 13, 2017 8:47 p.m.

    I have long felt Alex Smith's greatest strength is his mental toughness. He has been steadfast in enduring his critics, game manager labels, endless carousel of OCs, unstable head coaches (until Reid), injuries, age (years in the league), never fully gaining validation (until now), bad teams as a Niner for the first 8 years in the league and then Harbaugh's garbage to follow. Now in his 13th year in the NFL, Alex continues to overcome all of it. I don'the watch the NFL anymore but I root for Alex.

  • Rusty Shackleford Layton, UT
    Oct. 13, 2017 5:48 p.m.

    "Smith had a 19-5-1 record in his previous 21 games". Pretty sure that isn't possible.

    Love Alex Smith and think he is one of the classiest players out there. I have quit watching the NFL, but will tune to the Chiefs to see Alex play.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 13, 2017 5:43 p.m.

    water rocket:

    "I find it interesting that Alex is from Utah and his coach is a former assistant BYU coach. Can we say that this is the best of both worlds coming together? I root for both of them, and am very glad they function so well together."

    They are not the first BYU/Utah successful QB & coach duo. Steve Young won a Superbowl with George Seifert at the helm of the Niners. Although I am a die hard Ute fan, I have been a Steve Young fan ever since I watched him take my Utes apart in Rice Stadium.

    Smith is a great man and a great human being, in addition to being a great athlete. It is hard to find someone with more class in the NFL today.

    Go Utes!

  • a bit of reality Shawnee Mission, KS
    Oct. 13, 2017 11:07 a.m.

    If anybody has been to a game at Arrowhead Stadium, you'll notice that one of the most passionate traditions is the way they sing the national anthem. At the end of the song rather than singing "home of the brave" they sing "home of the..." followed by everybody screaming "CHIEFS!!!!"

    Given how sensitive football fans are about the sacredness of the national anthem, I'm surprised fans across the country didn't start boycotting the Chiefs decades ago.

  • Juice Box Eureka, UT
    Oct. 13, 2017 10:57 a.m.

    It's like what they say:

    Success is the best form of revenge.

    I hope the best for Alex, he is a great role model!

  • CentralcoastUte San luis obispo , CA
    Oct. 13, 2017 8:54 a.m.


    Kap is not Tom Brady. Trying to equate the two are apples and oranges.

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 13, 2017 8:34 a.m.

    Alex Smith has made me a bandwagon Chiefs fan. I love seeing him do so well. He is an awesome representative of the University and a total class act.

    Go Utes & go Chiefs!

  • SageRider Spanish Fork USA, UT
    Oct. 13, 2017 8:00 a.m.

    From this Cougar fan, I've loved watching Alex play! Simply put, he just comes out every game and gives his team a very good chance to win. He is a winner, and a class act.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 13, 2017 7:38 a.m.

    As the #1 pick, Smith was thrown to the wolves in San Francisco, with no coaching stability on a bad team.

    Aaron Rodgers, the next highest drafted QB that year, had multiple years to develop under Brett Favre in Green Bay.

    Alex could have made his millions and bailed out of football by now, but it's great to see him playing well, on the last undefeated team in the league.

    (@Sanefan - you realize you're missing out watching one of the relatively few BYU players in the NFL, who plays with Smith in Kansas City, right? Maybe NFL owners will fire a bunch of players for exercising their 1st Amendment rights, and you can watch again.)

  • EPoint Roy, UT
    Oct. 13, 2017 4:25 a.m.

    So it took Andy Reid, BYU product, to foster and appreciate greatness! Maybe Cougars and Utes could accomplish more if they worked together more often, instead of against?

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Oct. 13, 2017 12:13 a.m.

    I find it interesting that Alex is from Utah and his coach is a former assistant BYU coach. Can we say that this is the best of both worlds coming together? I root for both of them, and am very glad they function so well together.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 11:11 p.m.


    "Harbaugh took the 49ers to the Super Bowl. You can't ask for more than that."
    You could ask Jim Harbaugh to actually WIN the Super Bowl! With how well the Niners were playing and how well Alex had been been playing, there were plenty who questioned Harbaugh's decision, myself included. Kapernick made some mistakes in the big game that it's difficult imagining Smith making.
    With Smith at QB the Niners still get to the Super Bowl that year and in my opinion they go on and win the thing. Bad mistake by Jim Harbaugh, but hopefully Alex will get a chance to finish his redemption story with a Super Bowl victory before all's said and done.

    Oct. 12, 2017 8:28 p.m.

    Yes, that would be another Utah Ute starting and succeeding in the NFL.

  • 7 in a row! Ogden, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 7:49 p.m.

    Two types of people in this world:
    1) Producers
    2) Consumers

    Alex is nothing but a 'producer' and the consummate professional.

    A lot of others... just 'talkers'.

  • utahcoyote Saint George, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 5:24 p.m.

    been a big alex smith fan for years, since his years as university of utah quarterback when he invented urban meyer. his early years with the 49ers were pretty brutal, but not necessarily due to him. the team seemingly changed offenses each year, and personnel was not that good. since harbaugh came to san francisco and during his kansas city years smith has been a pretty decent nfl quarterback.

    for those interested, smih has a foundation that is doing some pretty good things with foster teens. the alex smith foundation mission statement is as follows: The Alex Smith Foundation provides foster teens with the tools and resources needed to transition to successful adulthood by developing and promoting Mentoring, Education, Housing, Internship, Job, and Advocacy programs.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Oct. 12, 2017 4:51 p.m.

    His revenge is playing for Andy Reid.

  • localblue Sandy, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 4:01 p.m.

    Come on Doug Robinson, is this fake news? I love Alex Smith and am thrilled he's doing well, particularly together with Andy Reid as his coach. But I'm a 49ers fan and you completely mischaracterize the whole situation with Harbaugh. Alex will be the first to tell you Harbaugh was an awesome coach and helped him finally reach his potential after all the mismanagement by the 49ers up to that point. But when Alex was injured Kaepernick played lights out and Harbaugh did what was best for the team by continuing with Kaepernick, and they had a great run as a result as you rightly point out. This isn't Harbaugh "turning his back" on Smith, just doing what he was hired to do, win games. Nobody would ever say the Patriots "turned their back" on Drew Bledsoe when they stayed with Tom Brady rather than going back to Bledsoe after Bledsoe recovered from his injury. Give some credit where credit is due. It's a business, not some powder puff everybody gets a trophy league. Harbaugh took the 49ers to the Super Bowl. You can't ask for more than that.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Oct. 12, 2017 3:41 p.m.

    I no longer follow the NFL, but am a long time fan of Alex Smith. Truly a class act.

  • Andy Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 3:26 p.m.

    Smith is awesome. Always has been always will be. Nice to see such an inspiring and admirable person in a profession lacking such people. Way to go!!

    Assuming these anti-NFL comments are genuine Roger Godell has a serious problem. YIKES!!

  • Minnesota Ute Bloomington, MN
    Oct. 12, 2017 3:20 p.m.

    Alex Smith is, and always has been, a class act. How could a person not be thrilled to see how well he's playing.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 2:23 p.m.

    "if you have any heart at all you’re pulling for him"

    We are pulling for him...but he is the only one. The NFL can go out of business for all I care. Any organization that is going to mock our flag and country doesn't deserve anyone's time or money.

    It is awesome to see Alex fight his way to the top. So glad he didn't lay down and quit or kneel down and lose.

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Oct. 12, 2017 2:19 p.m.

    Nice! It great to see one of the 'good guys' doing well. I no longer watch the NFL, but I'm glad Smith is getting his 'revenge.'