I have been following football for years. I have bought into the notion that the league “loves” its fans and couldn’t have a product without it. I also believed that the league and it’s organizations within were honest and forthright about the goings on of its business. WAS I WRONG!!!
Over the last few days I have come to realize that lying and deception are part of the game of football. Well, maybe not the game itself, but part of the business end of things.
Alex Smith was the “treasure” of the NFL offseason until the Kansas City Chiefs over paid for him sending this years first pick in the second round and a conditional second rounder next year for the services of the San Francisco back up QB.
Why did the Chiefs over pay? Because it was rumored that Cleveland had offered the 49ers a third round pick for Alex Smith. In a panic, KC felt the need to up the ante and snatch the deal away from the Browns. It’s funny to me that no one from either side of the proposed deal can validate that this deal was in the works. Maybe someone was lying to get a better deal, we will never know.
The fun and games aren’t over yet. The draft is coming! We are lead to believe that Arizona is so in love with USC QB Matt Barkley, that they are willing to take the under achieving injured shouldered QB in the first round. Most people have him projected much later. Are we to take Arizona at their word, or are they posturing so Jacksonville and others panic and snatch him up. Again, we may never know.
With all of that, I still love the NFL. Besides, with Mantei Te’o in this years draft, it’s only fitting that lies take the center stage.
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We’ve all seen the footage. We all have thoughts on it. Here’s mine.
Leave Davis alone. Do we not remember what this guys been through? Mike Singletary kicked him off the field DURING a game due to lack of heart and not playing up to expectations. Many experts were ready to call him a bust. His athleticism could not make up for his lack of desire. But Jim Harbaugh did what Singletary did not, he believed in Davis. He convinced Davis to clean up his act and be a better team-mate. He made him understand the importance of extra work. He told him that he couldn’t turn this team around without him, and Davis delivered.
The emotions of Vernon Davis’s last two seasons came flooding out after he connected on a touchdown pass from Alex Smith with nine seconds remaining to secure a 49ers win over the New Orleans Saints, propelling them to the NFC title game. It was all caught on camera. I say good for you Vernon Davis. You earned that moment.
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In 2005, Alex Smith was supposed to be the quarterback that lead the San Francisco 49ers back to the promised land. Up until now, he was considered a failure and a bust.
I’m not going to fill this blog with stats, that’s not what this blog is about. It’s about battling through adversity. It’s about believing in your abilities and putting in the work needed to get ahead. It’s about being a pro. That’s what Alex Smith is.
He was written off by everybody. An endless line of quarterbacks were waiting to take over in San Fran. Shaun Hill, you’re up. Troy Smith, you take the snaps. Colin Kaepernick, Why not. Smith also worked through eight different offensive coordinators during his six seasons. But Tom Brady goes through the same thing you say. Yes, but because his OC’s are good, and they leave for head coaching jobs.
Alex Smith did what he had to. He came in early and stayed late. He watched extra film. He practiced a little harder. He caught the attention of his team mates and new head coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh stuck with him. He was going down with Alex Smith at QB, and it payed off, so far.
Alex Smith should provide a lesson for us all. Sometimes, you have to believe in yourself before anyone else will.
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