Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was speaking to local media members on Zoom when news of former Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith’s retirement broke on his newly-created official Instagram account.
Reporters quickly asked Reid for his thoughts on Smith, who was his starter in Kansas City from 2013 to 2017.
“You guys know what I feel about him,” said Reid. “He’s just a heck of a person. He had a great career. He played so many years here with different teams, and everywhere he went, he made them better. I texted him a while back if he gets into coaching I get first dibs on him, which I doubt he will, but if he decides to go that route, he’d be a guy that you’d love to have on your staff. He is really a special person. He’ll go down as one of my all-time favorites there.”
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes — next up at the virtual podium — also shared some kind words. Smith mentored Mahomes when he was his rookie backup in 2017.
Thanks for everything, AS11 ♥️ pic.twitter.com/dlaEBdQtX4— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) April 19, 2021
“Just a tremendous guy, obviously a great player,” said Mahomes. “Dealt with adversity throughout his career and always seem to come on top and be better from it. He’s dealt with different coaches, he’s dealt with different systems and he’s always had success and obviously with the injury that he had been able to come back and lead his team to the playoffs it shows the type of man that he is, the type of team player that he is and I’m just grateful for the time that I had with him that really developed me to be the quarterback I am today.”
The Chiefs traded Smith to Washington during the offseason following the 2017 season. Smith overcame a devastating injury in November 2018 to return to the field in 2020, winning the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award.
Washington released Smith this offseason. He considered signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars before calling it a career.