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Alex Smith says it will be weird to turn 30 years old

Despite having been in the league forever, Alex Smith is only 29 years old. That changes today.

Stephen Dunn

[Note by Joel: This is from last week, but today is Alex Smith's 30th birthday.]

Today, KC Chiefs QB Alex Smith turns 30 years old.

Yes, you read that right. Smith is only 29 right now which feels too young for him. It feels like he's been in the league for a long time, debuting in 2005.

Smith is receiving his honorary doctorate from the University of Utah, where tonight he will give the commencement speech to this year's graduates. One of the reporters from his pre-commencement press conference (they have those?) asked Smith about turning 30 years old.

"It's weird. I'm going to be turning 30 next week. Not just the number but where I'm at in life. Certainly a lot of things that have changed over the years and you learn and grow from them.

I'm the old man in the locker room. It's weird, very weird. -Alex Smith

"One of the major ones starts with getting married, becoming a husband and those responsibilities. It's a life changer.

"The other big one with parenthood, becoming a father. I have two little boys. They see everything and mimic you and follow you around. That was a big one in the sense of it's less about talking the talk. They see everything. You certainly have to do things the right way. Your actions are the most important thing in parenting. It's a challenge, it is. To set the example for them and you grow as a professional and I've learned a lot of things on a professional level. You try to get better, be a better teammate and be a better quarterback. You learn from those.

"Now it's different. I'm the old man in the locker room. It's weird, very weird. I feel like it's happened so fast. You take that on. It's been fun, these new things that come in life and be able to take those on and to grow and learn has been great."