Three-time Pro Bowler Alex Smith retired from the NFL on Monday, ending a career that saw the longtime quarterback play for three teams over 16 years. Smith’s announcement generated an outpouring of support — and reminded fellow QB Ryan Fitzpatrick of a funny story involving Smith.
Fitzpatrick, who signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Washington Football Team this past offseason, learned Smith had retired while he was speaking with Chris Long as part of an appearance on the “Green Light” podcast. Fitzpatrick heaped praise upon Smith, saying the former No. 1 overall pick deserves the “winner” label after finding success with the 49ers, Chiefs and Washington Football Team.