Alex Smith

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Mr. Smith talks in Foxborough - Boston Globe
FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots tight end Alex Smith met with members of the New England media today at Gillette Stadium. Part of a crowded field at tight end, Smith, who was acquired on April 30 in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, pointed out that...
Shaun Hill and Alex Smith Took Different Journeys to the 49ers ... - Bleacher Report
Shaun Hill and Alex Smith now vie for the job to be the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback, but their journeys to this 2009 competition have been extremely different. Hill was not highly recruited out of high school and spent his first two years...
Fantasy rankings, from Bizarro World - ESPN
Because Alex Smith is not just any quarterback. Since coming into the league in 2005 as the No. 1 overall pick, Smith has revolutionized the quarterback position. The so-called "experts" said the spread formation would never work in the NFL....
Smith, Bellin win county t&f titles - Atlanticville
Rumson-Fair Haven High School's Alex Smith and Melissa Bellin won Monmouth County championships on Saturday at Neptune High School. CHRIS KELLY staff Long Branch's Steve Worsley races in the 100-meter hurdles during the Monmouth County Track & Field...
'Please end my Ibrox record' says Brian Grant - Aberdeen Evening Express
Unfortunately that 2-0 victory was one of the few highpoints of that season because we suffered a bad spell around Christmas and Alex Smith was sacked. We were dumped out of Europe and were struggling in the league. Q What is the key to winning at...
Future great 49ers QB: Who's Next? -
That season, Alex Smith had just completed his first full season as a starter for the team and I wondered if he would be the next great quarterback. In the graphic, I listed the last three great quarterbacks the 49ers had under center....
Pats shipped 2010 fifth-rounder for Smith - Boston Globe
The Patriots' trade with Tampa Bay for tight end Alex Smith was announced as being for an undisclosed draft choice. The Tampa Tribune reports today that the pick is a 2010 fifth-rounder. Now that 's great value. Trading a 5th round draft pick that...
Butler celebrates fundraising success - Indianapolis Star
By Dan McFeely Alex Smith never met Butler University piano professor Martin Marks. In fact, he was just 10 years old when Marks retired, closing out an illustrious 50-year career of teaching students how to tickle the ivories. Yet Smith, now 22 and...
Jury deliberating fate of Milpitas man accused of killing dog with ... - San Jose Mercury News
Still, Gonzalez "was devastated by the dog's death," Smith said. "Before Castro moving in, the dog got to live inside." "She's been desperate to get the dog back to bury," Smith said. When the jury decides the fate of Alex Castro, Gonzalez can finally...
Facebook moves Cardiff to England - BBC News
Student Alex Smith said his friends had changed their location on their profiles to different Cardiffs elsewhere in the world as a protest. Facebook has been asked to comment, but has yet to respond. Mr Smith, 18, said he had been a user of the site...

Alex Smith

Alexander Douglas Smith (born May 7, 1984 in Bremerton, Washington, U.S.) is an American football quarterback for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers and a former number one overall draft pick.

Smith is from Bonita, California. He has one brother and two sisters. His father, Douglas D. Smith, is the principal at the high school Alex attended, Helix High School. His uncle is John L. Smith, former head coach for the Michigan State University Spartans’ football team. His second cousin is Texas Rangers first baseman Chris Shelton.

He played football at Helix High School. As a starter during his Junior and Senior years, Smith led his team to a record of 25-1, including two San Diego CIF section championships. He was named to the first-team all-conference and all-county squads in the San Diego CIF system. Smith also earned the conference offensive player of the year twice, and twice won the team MVP for Helix. During his time at Helix, Smith set a school record by throwing for six touchdowns in one game, and recorded the second-highest completion percentage in San Diego CIF history. While at Helix, he played with 2005 Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush, who was also a finalist for the 2004 award, making it the first time a high school had two finalists at the ceremony.

Smith president of his senior class in high school, and was also an excellent student who graduated with a 4.4 GPA one sememster early by earning college credits through a program with San Diego State University. He pulled a similar feat in college where he earned enough credits to earn his bachelor's degree in Economics in just two years.

In 2006, Smith started the Alex Smith Foundation which assists former foster youth in attaining higher education. The program is currently reaching out to students in the San Diego, CA area.

He played for the University of Utah and wore number 11. He finished 4th in the voting for the 2004 Heisman Trophy, and was selected as the 2004 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year. Smith graduated from the University of Utah with an economics degree in just two years with a 3.71 GPA.

At the NFL combine, Smith recorded a 4.7 time in the 40-yard dash, benched 335 pounds and had a 31-inch vertical leap. He also earned a score of 40 out of 50 on the Wonderlic exam.

Smith was the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, selected by the San Francisco 49ers. In July 2005, Smith agreed to a six-year, $49.5 million contract with the 49ers; the contract includes $24 million in guaranteed money.

Dealing with an injury and being taken in and out of the lineup by then-head coach Mike Nolan, Smith played in nine games in his rookie season, recording just one touchdown pass while throwing 11 interceptions.

After the challenges faced by his rookie campaign, Smith went into the 2006 season with a new offensive coordinator (Norv Turner) and an improved set of offensive weapons around him. The 49ers used their top draft choice on Vernon Davis, a playmaking tight end from Maryland. They also upgraded their offensive backfield, trading underachieving running back Kevan Barlow to the Jets, making Frank Gore the feature back.

Smith also spent the offseason working daily with his new coordinator, wide receivers and tight end, while working to improve his technique and add bulk. The improved offensive cast clearly helped Smith develop in his second year, especially early. Smith's first three games of the season saw him throw three touchdowns, no interceptions, and amass 814 yards. After struggling in Kansas City, he then threw for three touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders, setting a career high. However, the next five games saw Smith resume his growing pains, averaging only 153 yards per game while throwing only six touchdowns and nine interceptions. Despite his difficulty, he led the 49ers on a three-game winning streak in November.

Smith met Joe Montana for the first time on November 5, 2006, during a game against the Vikings. The 49ers wore the throwback jerseys of the 1989 team which Joe Montana and teammates wore. The 49ers went on to win 9-3, upsetting the Minnesota Vikings.

In need of a statement game, the 49ers traveled to Seattle for a Thursday Night Football game against their division rivals. During the broadcast on NFL Network, Cris Collinsworth noted that were he starting an NFL franchise, he had take the Broncos rookie quarterback Jay Cutler before Alex Smith and fellow rookies Matt Leinart and Vince Young - and that Smith was not even close to the others. Going into the 4th quarter, the 49ers were trailing the Seahawks 7-3, and pulling out a win looked unlikely. Smith however performed brilliantly in the fourth quarter, and drove the 49ers on a long touchdown drive down the field early, taking a narrow 10-7 lead. Late in the quarter, with the same score, Smith struck again - shaking off an almost certain sack, rolling to the left and completing a pass to Frank Gore for a touchdown to give the 49ers a 10 point lead. On the next drive, Smith cemented the victory by leading yet another touchdown drive, and rushing for a touchdown on a naked bootleg. Collinsworth had earlier in the game observed that "Alex Smith is the best I've ever seen him. That drive is the best I saw," and on seeing his touchdown run, commented that that was "What a second-half he has had!".

After losing to the Cardinals the following week, the 49ers final game of the 2006 season was against a Denver Broncos team looking for a playoff berth. In a major upset, the 49ers defeated the Broncos and knocked them out of the playoffs. During the game at INVESCO Field, Smith threw for 194 yards and a touchdown, leading the team to a come from behind victory for the second time in three weeks.

Overall, Smith improved in his second year by throwing as many touchdowns as interceptions. He threw for 16 TDs, 16 interceptions, 2,890 yards and a 74.8 quarterback rating, all improvements over his rookie year, and all well above what would normally be expected of a 22-year-old-quarterback.

Smith entered the 2007 season learning under a third offensive coordinator in three seasons. Norv Turner was hired as the head coach by the San Diego Chargers. Jim Hostler, who proved to be a dramatic downgrade, replaced Turner. Hostler's system is a mixture of the offensive system installed by Turner with elements of the West Coast offense installed by Mike McCarthy for the 2005 season. During the offseason, the 49ers added wide receivers Darrell Jackson, Ashley Lelie, and rookie Jason Hill as new offensive weapons for Smith.

In the season opener on Monday Night Football against the Arizona Cardinals, Smith led the 49ers to a 20-17 win in a two-minute comeback. While down 17-13 with less than two-minutes left, Smith drove down the field, highlighted by a 25-yard scramble. After the scramble, he threw a 22 yard pass to Arnaz Battle that was fumbled on the one-yard line, but recovered by a 49er so the ball was placed back on the one-yard line with 26 seconds left. The following play Battle ran an end around for the game-winning touchdown. Smith finished the game 15 for 31 with 126 yards and two rushes for 37 yards. Had Darrell Jackson not dropped a perfectly thrown pass in the end zone prior to Smith completing the comeback, his numbers would have been even better.

On September 30 in the first quarter of a game against the Seattle Seahawks, Smith injured his right shoulder after getting sacked by Seahawks defensive tackle Rocky Bernard. Smith suffered a grade-three separation and the initial diagnosis was that surgery would not be required. Smith missed the next three games before returning to the 49ers' starting lineup on Sunday, October 28, 2007.

The 49ers did not win a game again until November 25. Among all NFL quarterbacks who qualify for league statistics, only the Jets' Kellen Clemens had a poorer passer rating than Smith (57.2), Smith completed under 50% of his passes, far below the league average of 60%. Smith was at odds with 49ers head coach Mike Nolan over the severity of his injury. Nolan believed that Smith was healthy enough to play while Smith felt that the injury still affected his ability to throw accurately, an account that was supported by players from the Seahawks . Nolan decided to rest Smith following a loss in that game to the Seahawks on November 12 and start Trent Dilfer to allow Smith's shoulder to recover. Upon further examination following the decision, according to orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, the shoulder did not significantly heal as Andrews thought it would. Smith would not play again in the 2007 season. On December 11, 2007, Smith was placed on injured reserve to undergo surgery on the shoulder.

Smith entered Training Camp competing for the starting quarterback job with Shaun Hill, who won both of the games he started in 2007, before suffering a back injury against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and J.T. O'Sullivan. Smith will be learning under a fourth different offensive coordinator in four seasons; Jim Hostler was fired and replaced by former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator and St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator/head coach Mike Martz. Unlike the previous three seasons, where offensive continuity was somewhat maintained, Martz's system was completely different. Smith was announced as the 2nd string quarterback for the 49ers' initial preseason game on August 8 against the Oakland Raiders, behind O'Sullivan, who was elevated to starting quarterback partly due to his familiarity with Martz's offense when he was on the bench with the Detroit Lions. Smith threw five of nine for 51 yards. He again started as the second string quarterback in the August 16 preseason game against the Green Bay Packers which the 49ers won 34 to 6. O'Sullivan was starting quarterback against the Chicago Bears on August 21 in the third preseason game, where he performed extremely well, throwing 7 of 8 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown. Smith threw 6 of 17 for 83 yards and a touchdown.

On August 22, 49ers head coach Mike Nolan announced that J. T. O'Sullivan, who had competed with Smith and Hill, would replace Smith as the 49ers' first-string quarterback for Week 1 of the 2008 season. This decision led former NFL coach Jim Mora to call Smith a "bust," and argue that the 49ers should not have drafted him as the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. Suggestions that Nolan and the 49ers never gave Smith the chance to succeed persisted.

On September 10, the 49ers placed Smith on injured reserve after Dr. James Andrews confirmed the team's diagnosis of a broken bone in Smith's shoulder, believed to have been caused by a wire left in his shoulder from the previous surgery, which had sawed through the bone . Regardless, the 49ers' general manager, Scot McCloughan, said that the 49ers expect to release Smith before the 2009 season, when they would owe him a salary of $9,625,000. After Nolan was fired on October 21, 2008, the 49ers expressed interest in having Smith remain for the 2009 season if he was willing to renegotiate his contract. On March, 10, 2009, the 49ers announced that Alex Smith's contract had been successfully restructured and that he would stay with the team. Smith took a considerable paycut to remain with the 49ers, with whom he is under contract for the next two years.

After restructuring his new contract with San Francisco, Head Coach Mike Singletary announced that Smith will compete for the Starting Quarterback position against teammate and close friend Shaun Hill.

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Alex Smith (English footballer)

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Alexander Philip "Alex" Smith (born February 15, 1976 in Liverpool) is a professional footballer, who played for a number a clubs after starting his career as a trainee at Everton. Highlights of his career have included promotion with Reading in 2001-02, winning the Football Conference with Chester City in 2003-04 and helping Port Vale lift the LDV Vans Trophy in 2000-01. In January 2003, Smith was part of the Shrewsbury Town side that surprisingly knocked Everton out of the FA Cup, during a loan spell with the Shrews.

Smith can play in either a creative midfield role or full back/wing back positions.

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Alex Smith (footballer born 1939)

Alexander "Alex" Smith MBE (born 25 December 1939) is a Scottish former football player and manager.

Smith was born in Cowie, a mining village close to Stirling, and played in the same youth team as Billy Bremner. He was best man at Bremner's wedding. His playing career was journeymanlike, and he played for Kilmarnock, Stenhousemuir, Stirling Albion and Albion Rovers.

During his management career, which began in 1969, he has been the manager of Stenhousemuir, Stirling Albion, St Mirren, Aberdeen, Clyde, Dundee United and Ross County.

His major achievements as manager include the Scottish Cup in 1987 (with St Mirren) and 1990 (with Aberdeen), and the Scottish League Cup (again with Aberdeen) in 1989.

In the 2005 book on Scottish football, The Final Whistle? he was described as "the nearest thing the Scottish game has to a father figure".

Smith has been involved with Scotland at a number of levels, managing the Scotland under-18 and under-21 sides. He also took charge of the Scotland B squad in January 2007, alongside Bobby Williamson.

He is also co-proprietor of locally-renowned pub 'Smiths' located just outside Stirling.

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Alex Smith (tight end)

Edwin Alex Smith (born May 22, 1982 in Nassau, Bahamas) is an American football tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Buccaneers in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Stanford.

Smith attended High school at J. K. Mullen High School in Denver, Colorado. As a senior he was a Super Prep first-team All-American, Prep Star All-Midlands, All-State and All-Centennial League selection. He was a Nominee for the Fred Steinmark Award, which is given to the Colorado Athlete of the Year. He also played basketball and ran track.

Smith played college football at Stanford University. He was a three-year starter and was runner-up to the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end, in 2004. Some of his honors included 2004 second-team consensus All-American, 2004 Team MVP, 2003 Honorable mention All-Pac-10, 2003 Honorable mention academic All-Pac-10 and 2002 Academic All-Pac-10. He finished his career starting 32 of 44 games, making 107 receptions for 1,291 yards and eight touchdowns.

Smith was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. As a rookie he started 10 of 16 games and recorded 41 receptions for 367 yards and two touchdowns. In 2006 he started 7 of 14 games and made 35 receptions for 250 and three touchdowns and in 2007 he started all 14 games he played in totaling 385 yards on 32 receptions and three touchdowns.

Smiths father Ed Smith (defensive end) played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos and is known for being the first player to be born in the Bahamas to be drafted.

Smith also received recognition for winning the Madden Bowl, a yearly competition in which NFL athletes competed against each other, in 2006 and 2007.

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