One year after being written off by the 49ers, Alex Smith is headed to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl.
Smith will take the place of Patriots QB Tom Brady, who has chosen to skip the game after being beaten by Peyton Manning and the Broncos in the AFC Championship. It’s common for the loser of the conference title game to skip the Pro Bowl, but many around the league were unaware that Smith would be the one replacing Brady.
The Chiefs Quarterback had a career year in many categories in his first season in Kansas City, leading the Chiefs to an 11-5 record and a first round playoff birth. 2013 was indeed a successful year all around for Kansas City, but what may be remembered the most, is their 28-point lead that was lost in the Wildcard Round vs. Indianapolis.
Smith joins nine other Chiefs in Honolulu, the most players from one team in the NFL. Jamaal Charles, Branden Albert, Tamba Hali, Dontari Poe, Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, Brandon Flowers, Eric Berry, and Dexter Mccluster will make the trip to Hawaii as well.
Smith’s future with the Chiefs is unclear as he heads into the 2014 season with a contract expiring at the end of the season, but reports indicate that Kansas City will look to re-sign their Pro Bowl Quarterback this offseason.