- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Once again, Alex Smith is following the footsteps of Joe Montana.
When he was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2005 draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Smith heard the Montana comparisons and expectations. Smith never got close to filling the legendary Montana’s shoes in San Francisco.
With his San Francisco career behind him, Smith, once again, is connected to Montana.
After being a superstar for the 49ers, Montana played his final two seasons, 1993 and '94, in Kansas City following a trade. Montana led the Chiefs to the AFC title game in 1993. His trade started a San Francisco-to-Kansas City quarterback pipeline.
In 1994, the 49ers traded backup quarterback Steve Bono to the Chiefs. He led the Chiefs to a 13-3 record in 1995.
In 1997, Elvis Grbac left the 49ers and signed with the Chiefs as a free agent. He was the Chiefs’ starter for four years.
Now, it’s Smith’s turn in Kansas City.
Once again, Alex Smith is following the footsteps of Joe Montana.When he was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2005 draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Smith heard the Montana comparisons and expectations.