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Twitter reacts to Alex Smith’s retirement

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Former San Francisco 49ers No. 1 overall pick Alex Smith announced his retirement Monday morning after he completed an incredible comeback from a leg injury. Reports came out that Smith contemplated returning for a 17th season and reuniting with his former college head coach, Urban Meyer.

Smith released this video on his Instagram:

Smith said in his video:

“To everyone out there, whether you’re a part of Niner Nation, the Chiefs Kingdom, or the Burgundy and Gold, I thank you. To all the men I had the privilege of standing with and playing alongside, thank you. I want to say thank you for believing in me. And thank you for helping me believe in myself, and in the impossible.

Because even though I’ve still got plenty of snaps left in me, after 16 years of giving this game everything I’ve got, I can’t wait to see what else is possible. But, first, I’m going to take a little time to enjoy those walks with my wife, and my kids have no idea what’s coming for them in the backyard.”

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke about Smith on Monday at his press conference, as did Patrick Mahomes:

Here are a few 49ers takes: