Alex Smith Urges Crowd to Boo Him While Giving Commencement Address at Utah

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2014

via University of Utah

Alex Smith was the big man on campus back when he went 21-1 as the Utah Utes starting quarterback and led the team to a Fiesta Bowl victory. Since becoming the the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NFL draft, Smith has had to overcome a lot of adversity to get to where he is now.

From poor performances to injuries, fans have always been on him. He was given a new start after being traded from the San Francisco 49ers to the Kansas City Chiefs before last season.

Everything that has happened to him in his career has had a lasting impact. Smith shared his story with this year's graduating class at Utah in his commencement address after receiving an honorary degree from the university. 

Instead of a monotonous, traditional speech, the 29-year-old NFL quarterback—facing his fears of public speaking and being heckled—got the crowd involved.

Smith can laugh at the past now and did a great job of having some fun with it.

Note: To see Smith get booed, skip to the 13:35 mark in the video.

[University of Utah]