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  • cciowa
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Originally posted by Strwy2Hevn:
Agreed. Great dude and a strong will to recover. Still always sucked at QB.

you really have to do that
Originally posted by cciowa:
Originally posted by Strwy2Hevn:
Agreed. Great dude and a strong will to recover. Still always sucked at QB.

you really have to do that

For real...

Originally posted by PhillyNiner:
Sucked is being really unfair. He got two teams to the Playoffs and nearly had the Redskins of all teams looking respectable. Is he great? no....but he is good. Our own disfunction when he was here set him back a lot.

Smith was a project, that should have been a second or third rounder.

The 49ers should have never benched Rattay and put Smith in that early. Young QBs only have so much "media and fan forgiveness" before people become critical of them. Rattay was a throw away QB...he could have let him take the abuse that year and just groomed Smith up, so at least when he hit the field he knew what the heck he was looking at. I don't think you will find any other number one pick QB that averaged under 100 yards a game and only had 1 TD his rookie season.

Smith never stood a chance under Nolan.

Ill always remember how the 49ers seemed to do everything wrong with Smith's career, and yet the dude was a class act. Time after time he was the bigger man, and often it seemed the only adult in the room. I was highly critical of his performance, but in hindsight... we could not have asked for a more "49er" 49er. I particularly remember the contract of the Farve-Rodgers handover of power....and Farve going out of his way to not let Rodgers take his Job, versus Smith doing everything in his power to make sure Kap did not have to suffer like he did.

Hindsight tells us, Smith should not have been rated that high as a project, it also tells us Nolan never deserved a QB like Smith. I am glad Smith was able to vindicate his career. I really hope he rides off into the sunset and finds happiness outside of playing football. He has nothing left to prove.

I would be stoked if he came back as a coach or mentor.
Originally posted by cciowa:
Originally posted by Hoovtrain:
Originally posted by cciowa:
Originally posted by LasVegasWally:
That photo of his leg was horrific.

i guess i will have to watch the special.. but was the complications created by doctor incompetence or just a unlucky infection?

I think unlucky infection. The initial break was so severe as well, so the surgery was not routine from what it sounds like. I knew they revealed it was much worse than everyone thought and he almost died, and despite all that the photo was absolutely jarring
unreal . my two best memories of alex is more of a testament to the person he is.. when he ran camp alex with no contract and became a great leader of our team./ and then when he spent alot of his own resources organizing search parties for that missing girl back in the day. i can not speak for the chiefs and the redskin fans but i think few fans there have few bad things to say about him as well.. and even if they do i do not want to hear it. lol

And that's really the way it was fir me. Initially I rooted for him because he was such a likable guy, because let's be honest his play wasn't all that great. That's what made it so satisfying to watch him persevere and succeed later in his career.
Originally posted by 16to87:
Originally posted by tjd808185:
17 leg surgeries and he still wants to play.
says a lot about his decision making
Yeah. SUPER conservative to a fault, AMIRITE?
Originally posted by Dshearn:
Originally posted by PhillyNiner:
Sucked is being really unfair. He got two teams to the Playoffs and nearly had the Redskins of all teams looking respectable. Is he great? no....but he is good. Our own disfunction when he was here set him back a lot.

Smith was a project, that should have been a second or third rounder.

The 49ers should have never benched Rattay and put Smith in that early. Young QBs only have so much "media and fan forgiveness" before people become critical of them. Rattay was a throw away QB...he could have let him take the abuse that year and just groomed Smith up, so at least when he hit the field he knew what the heck he was looking at. I don't think you will find any other number one pick QB that averaged under 100 yards a game and only had 1 TD his rookie season.

Smith never stood a chance under Nolan.

Ill always remember how the 49ers seemed to do everything wrong with Smith's career, and yet the dude was a class act. Time after time he was the bigger man, and often it seemed the only adult in the room. I was highly critical of his performance, but in hindsight... we could not have asked for a more "49er" 49er. I particularly remember the contract of the Farve-Rodgers handover of power....and Farve going out of his way to not let Rodgers take his Job, versus Smith doing everything in his power to make sure Kap did not have to suffer like he did.

Hindsight tells us, Smith should not have been rated that high as a project, it also tells us Nolan never deserved a QB like Smith. I am glad Smith was able to vindicate his career. I really hope he rides off into the sunset and finds happiness outside of playing football. He has nothing left to prove.

I would be stoked if he came back as a coach or mentor.
Solid post.
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Originally posted by Strwy2Hevn:
Agreed. Great dude and a strong will to recover. Still always sucked at QB.

We have had that discussion multiple times. That is not what this thread is about. If you want to stay in NFL Talk, there will be no more of that hyperbole.
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Originally posted by NinerPrideinNJ:
Agreed. The viewpoints of Smith are really polarized around here. I think if you're being objective and accounting for the horrible coaching and talent during his first several years, his overall career was pretty good at best and decent at worst.

That is a fair analysis.
Originally posted by NineFourNiner:
Originally posted by 16to87:
Originally posted by tjd808185:
17 leg surgeries and he still wants to play.
says a lot about his decision making
Yeah. SUPER conservative to a fault, AMIRITE?
Conservative on the playing field but now willing to risk a leg?... for who? . for what?
Originally posted by dj43:
Originally posted by Strwy2Hevn:
Agreed. Great dude and a strong will to recover. Still always sucked at QB.

We have had that discussion multiple times. That is not what this thread is about. If you want to stay in NFL Talk, there will be no more of that hyperbole.


Originally posted by cciowa:
Originally posted by PhillyNiner:
Sucked is being really unfair. He got two teams to the Playoffs and nearly had the Redskins of all teams looking respectable. Is he great? no....but he is good. Our own disfunction when he was here set him back a lot.

i wonder what is a comeback in his eyes.. to me and this is without seeing the special.. maybe a team who can afford to do it can sign him and he can take a few snaps. let the other team know whats going on so they will take it easy on him... thats kind of high school stuff so maybe he thinks he can actually still play and do some good things in real time for a team. i like him alot and i would hate to see him take a hit on that leg


Good post cc!

Hope he retires and enjoys life w/his loved ones.

Classy guy that did solid work for orphanages.
  • cciowa
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Originally posted by 16to87:
Originally posted by NineFourNiner:
Originally posted by 16to87:
Originally posted by tjd808185:
17 leg surgeries and he still wants to play.
says a lot about his decision making
Yeah. SUPER conservative to a fault, AMIRITE?
Conservative on the playing field but now willing to risk a leg?... for who? . for what?
watching that run vs the saints and then seeing the pictures of that leg
Does Alex really need to make a comeback for his Legacy ?
Originally posted by 16to87:
Originally posted by NineFourNiner:
Originally posted by 16to87:
Originally posted by tjd808185:
17 leg surgeries and he still wants to play.
says a lot about his decision making
Yeah. SUPER conservative to a fault, AMIRITE?
Conservative on the playing field but now willing to risk a leg?... for who? . for what?
Why do you say that playing would risk a leg? If he's cleared it will be because the risk is sufficiently low. I don't see why he would risk it, but it is not my decision nor is it yours. But hey, any way to continue to bad mouth the guy, right?
Originally posted by 16to87:
Does Alex really need to make a comeback for his Legacy ?

IHOP should sign him
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