Alex Smith: Conquering Adversity
We know about the stories leading up to Super Bowl XLVII. We have the last game of Ray Lewis career, the Harbaugh brothers going against each other, and the story of Colin Kaepernick rise to fame. The lost story of the Super Bowl is former starting QB for the 49ers Alex Smith. Smith took the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game last season and was two muffed balls away from going to the Super Bowl. A year later, Alex Smith is a forgotten man.
The story of Alex Smith is one that sounds familiar to one Drew Bledsoe. Bledsoe was the franchise QB for the New England Patriots and took the team to Super Bowl XXXI. A few games into the 2001 season, Bledsoe took a hit and were out for several games. A guy by the name Tom Brady took over and the rest is history. With Alex Smith being knocked out of a game this season with a concussion, the story is shaping out to look like the Bledsoe-Brady storyline.
Facing adversity is nothing new to Alex Smith. After being the overall first pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, Smith struggled and had to deal with several offensive coordinators. At times, it seemed that Head Coaches Mike Nolan and then Mike Singletary didn’t believe in Alex Smith until Jim Harbaugh became the coach of the 49ers. Jim Harbaugh covered himself just in case Smith didn’t perform well by drafting Colin Kaepernick. Alex Smith in 2011 had his best year as a pro and followed it up this year with an even better year until his injury. After last season, Smith had to deal with the fact the team was trying to sign free agent Peyton Manning.
If it’s not one thing, it’s another when it comes to Alex Smith. Through the adversity, Smith has been the model professional in handling the situation. He is a player that everyone can root for. He keeps getting knocked down but always manages to get up. That shows true character.