In his first interview since being traded to the Redskins, Alex Smith told San Francisco’s KNBR on Thursday that he’s “jacked” and “pumped at the opportunity” for a fresh start in Washington after five years as the quarterback in Kansas City. Then Smith hit the links alongside PGA Tour pro Mackenzie Hughes at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, a two-hour drive down the 101 from where Smith spent the first seven years of his career after being drafted No. 1 overall by the 49ers in 2005.
Smith and Hughes missed Saturday’s cut in the team event, which was won by Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and PGA Tour pro Kevin Streelman. But any frustrations he experienced on the course didn’t put a damper on his excitement about joining the Redskins.
“I’m excited about the new opportunity, the new challenge,” Smith told SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio’s Doug Bell on Saturday. “[I] don’t take it for granted and I’m excited to get to work.”
Bell then informed Smith that SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio contributor and 106.7 The Fan host Earl Forcey is a big Redskins fan.
“Even in the past couple of weeks, even though it’s unofficial, I’d always heard about Skins fans,” Smith said. “I feel like I run into them everywhere and felt their energy, so I’m excited for that as well.”
The 33-year-old Smith, who replaces free-agent-to-be Kirk Cousins in Jay Gruden’s offense, already has a fan in former Redskins Super Bowl MVP quarterback Mark Rypien. Smith and Rypien have spent some time together at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe over the last few years.
“You play golf and you’ll meet a lot of people, and you get a feel for people on the golf course,” Rypien told The Team 980 last week. “Good and bad. Alex, the five or six years that I’ve had the chance to meet him in Lake Tahoe, he comes across as a guy that is very focused. Even at golf, [he] doesn’t want to be embarrassed, wants to do as best as he can. On the football field, the consistency that he has over the years that he’s played is, I think, uncanny.”
“I’m jacked, I’m pumped for the opportunity,” Smith told ESPN’s Michael Collins at Pebble Beach over the weekend. “New challenge moving forward, I’m excited. I can’t wait to get started. I know we’re not quite there yet, we gotta wait for the league year to start, but I can’t say [enough about] how much I’m looking forward to it.”
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