Remember when life was simple for Alexander Douglas Smith? All he had to worry about was the notoriety of being taken with the first pick in the 2005 NFL draft by a 49ers team in the midst of eight consecutive losing seasons. And being paired with novice head coach Mike Nolan whose expertise lay on the defensive side of the ball. And then being passed off to Mike Singletary, another head coaching novice whose expertise consisted of knocking quarterbacks down, not building them up.
There was the conga line of offensive coordinators. There were the unflattering comparisons between Smith, the first pick of the 2005 craft and Aaron Rodgers, the last pick in that first round, who was spreading his wings in Green Bay. And just when everything was starting to click for Smith, coach Jim Harbaugh benched him for Colin Kaepernick — during a Super Bowl run.
There was the move to Kansas City. Then the move to Washington. It seemed that Smith was always too early or too late. Then came Nov. 18, 2018 when Smith suffered a sickening injury to his right leg in a game against Houston. And — just guessing here — gained more of a universal understanding of happiness, pain, success, patience and what is important and what is small stuff.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports