Aaron Rodgers: Success Puts Alex Smith's Career Into Perspective
Aaron Rodgers Looks Great and the Alex Smith Pick Looks A Lot Worse
Sports journalist Stewart Mandel had an interesting take after the finish of Super Bowl XLV. He tweeted, "So is Alex Smith now officially the Sam Bowie to Aaron Rodgers' MJ?" That is a very good question. The answer is, sort of.
Alex Smith is no Aaron Rodgers. That is one obvious certainty. Rodgers is a Super Bowl winner. His arm is now considered one of the best in football. Meanwhile Alex Smith sits as an uncertain answer to the San Francisco 49ers quarterback question.
Alex Smith had a very uneasy path into the NFL. Starting at quarterback in the NFL is not an easy position. In fact, it could be the toughest task given to any rookie in sports. So all of Smith's troubles could be an elongated sign of growing pains that have lingered.
It is arguable that Aaron Rodgers would have faltered had he not been sidelined into back-up duty for a few years.
But the comparison is just too great not to be correct. Alex Smith was a much loved quarterback that pundits fawned over. To some he was not the second coming, he was the alpha and the omega. But let downs are a part of sports.
Disappointment makes up a greater part of sports than success does. So it is no shock that Smith did not pan out. Alex Smith will end his career as one of the greatest busts in NFL history.
The Aaron Rodgers pick will remain as one of the worst, but Michael Jordan? Rodgers needs a few more titles before we begin that talk.
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