10 NFL Players Who Shook Off The ‘Bust’ Label – Alex Smith


In 2005, the San Francisco 49ers drafted Alex Smith with the #1 overall selection. Smith spent the next five seasons making the Niners front office look like morons for passing up superstar-quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the likes of himself. He looked like he was headed to being nothing more than an answer to a future sports trivia question. But in 2011, he finally began to show the ability to be a winning quarterback, partly thanks to the hiring of Jim Harbaugh as 49ers head coach. He carried the momentum into the 2012 season, but two events derailed his ascension from ‘bust’ to ‘successful NFL quarterback’: a concussion in the middle of the season and the sudden explosion of Colin Kaepernick onto the scene.

After being shipped off to Kansas City, Smith decided to use the disappointing end to his 49ers career as a chip on his shoulder. In his first season with the Chiefs, Alex was undefeated in his first nine games. In 2015, he guided them to an 11-game win streak and their first playoff victory in 21 years.He became the unquestionable leader of the Chiefs and showed critics why the Niners made the decision to select him with the first pick in the 2005 draft. With 30 wins in his first three seasons in Kansas City, Alex Smith has set the franchise mark. It’s three more than Trent Green had and seven more than Hall of Famer Len Dawson, the QB that took the Chiefs to their only Super Bowl.