Alex Smith
Alex Smith

Certainly, there were tough times, but no, you can't go back and change it. So, why dwell on it?

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

Embrace the new, no matter how uncomfortable, and make it work for you.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

Failures and setbacks are inevitable for all of us.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

Once you pull the trigger, you've got to throw balls aggressively and with conviction.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

That's a special time, to get drafted.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

At the combine and at my workouts, I tried to be the perfect player. I tried to promote my strengths and conceal my weaknesses, and on paper, I kind of succeeded: I was the first pick in the draft. And with that, I inherited this big shiny trophy that I carried around, and it had one word engraved on it - anxiety.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

In this league, you can't take your foot off the gas pedal. You think you have something won, but teams are too good, too talented.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

I don't know if there were many pros for me playing early. I feel like I dug myself a pretty deep hole that rookie year.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

As a quarterback, especially when I come off to the sideline, I am trying to get things corrected, trying to get things figured out and move on to the next series.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

I know guys respect work ethic, and they respect the guys that are invested and committed.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

I can just remember games as a young player, counting my stats on the sideline. 'What am I now? I'm this many completions for this many attempts. I wonder what my rating is.'

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

When I got drafted, I was a spread-option quarterback. It was, 'OK, you've got to get under center, throw to the fullback, throw to the tight end. You've got to learn to be a pro quarterback.' And there was a learning curve there, and I did have to learn some of that.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

You're frustrated when things aren't going right. When you're out there, you have your piece of it, your view. It isn't until usually the next day when you're watching the film that you get to put all the pieces together: 'Oh, this is what happened on that play'; 'This is why I did that.' You don't totally know that game day.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

There are so many good things, great things that go on in this league.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

I carried around a lot of weight and anxiety - expectations of being a top draft pick and fulfilling those. It was really burdensome and not fun. Stressful. I had to go through some things before I finally turned that around and got back to playing for the right reasons.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

I love Kansas City. I love the coaching staff, the players.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

It is healthy to have competition and intense competition, and then, when you walk away from it, you are still teammates, and you play the same position and that we can still put the team first.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

I think that's the great thing about the NFL. You're out there, and there are very few perennials. It's a battle every single year. You can go first to worst, worst to first.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

To a lot of people, I might just be the guy who went No. 1 in the draft. Or the guy who lost his job to Colin Kaepernick. Or the guy who helped turn a 2-14 Chiefs team into a back-to-back division champ... but then couldn't put them over the top.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

Most of the time, you're just trying to be the point guard out there based on the play call and the defense that you're getting; that really dictates where the football goes.