Chiefs QB Smith named to Pro Bowl squad, replaces Chargers' Rivers

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

One of the single biggest snubs from this year's original Pro Bowl announcement has been rectified with the news that Alex Smith has been named to the 2018 all-star exhibition in place of L.A. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. Since being acquired by Kansas City back in February 2013, Smith has made the franchise a constant in the National Football League playoffs with appearances in four out of the first five seasons including the last three years.

The 33-year-old Smith set career highs in passing yards (4,042), touchdowns (26) and passer rating (104.7) during the 2017 season.

This will be Smith's third Pro Bowl appearance and his second in a row. He was talked about as a possible NFL MVP candidate after a fast start before the Chiefs dropped six of seven to effectively end that conversation. But, a 22-21 AFC Wild Card playoff loss at Arrowhead Stadium to the Tennessee Titans may have signaled the end of the Alex Smith era in Kansas City. He also finished the year third with a 67.5 percent completion rate, eighth in passing yards, and ninth in touchdown passes.

Many Chief fans wonder whether or not Smith has played his last game in a Chiefs' uniform, as there's been a push to trade Smith and allow Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City's 2017 first-round draft pick, to take over as the starting quarterback.

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