KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Because he's technically a member of the San Francisco 49ers until March 12, quarterback Alex Smith cannot comment on his impending trade to the Chiefs.
But his family is looking forward to the move.
"From my perspective, we're very excited about it," said Smith's mother, Pam, from her home in San Diego. "We're very excited about the opportunity, the situation, the coach . . . Andy Reid is an offensive-minded quarterback coach, and so well-respected and well-thought of, so we're really excited about that."
Alex Smith helped the 49ers to the NFC championship game in 2011. Last season, he led San Francisco to a 6-2 start before suffering a concussion in a Week 10 tie at St. Louis. Colin Kaepernick relieved Smith in that game and went on to guide the 49ers to the Super Bowl.
Smith did not cause any problems on the club and was supportive of Kaepernick, a second-year player he'd mentored the year before.
"It was bittersweet," Pam Smith said. "It was hard. Alex had worked long and hard and been through a lot of coaching turnover, and a lot of issues . . . injuries. It seems like things were really clicking, and he was playing at an exceptional high level. It was hard."
Pam, a deputy director for San Diego County Health and Human Services, and her husband, Doug, a retired high school principal, attend every one of Alex's games.
She said Kansas City will be a good fit for her son.
"You're going to get a smart, very hard-working, very high-character person," she said, "and by any measure, one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet."
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