In the five seasons before Alex Smith joined the Chiefs, they won 25 games and had just one playoff appearance.
With Smith as quarterback, the Chiefs won 53 games and went to the postseason four times in five seasons.
That’s quite a turnaround, and Smith and coach Andy Reid deserve a lot of credit.
But, as you likely heard, Smith’s time in Kansas City is over.
On Tuesday, the Chiefs agreed to trade Smith to Washington, and while fans are excited about the start of the Patrick Mahomes era, they also have shown their gratitude to Smith.
Some Chiefs fans have gone one step further: they are donating to Smith’s charity. The goal of the Alex Smith Foundation is to provide “foster teens with the tools and resources needed to transition to successful adulthood by developing and promoting Mentoring, Education, Housing, Internship, Job, and Advocacy programs.”
This grassroots movement to donate to Smith’s charity started early Wednesday.
Some Chiefs fans have donated $11 (which matches his jersey number) and others have given $55 for the five years of his time in Kansas City. The blogs Arrowhead Pride and Arrowhead Addict got the word out and the donations picked up.
Want to donate? Here is information on doing that.