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Alex Smith SpeakerKansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith will deliver commencement speech at the University of Utah’s spring graduation ceremony on May 1st.

The University announced Tuesday that Smith will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony. University president David W. Pershing says Smith is an example of class and persistence.

Smith starred for the Utes a decade ago, going 21-1 as a starting quarterback and leading the team a 2005 Fiesta Bowl win. He earned a bachelor’s in economics from the university.

He was the first overall pick in the NFL draft that year by the San Francisco 49ers. He struggled with that team until finally having success in 2011-2012 before losing his job to upstart Colin Kaepernick.

He was traded to Kansas City Chiefs in 2013 and led the team to the playoffs.

This isn’t the first time Alex has contributed to his community. In 2007, Smith started the Alex Smith Foundation and the Alex Smith Guardian Scholars Program, which helps send foster teens to college. He started the program with $500,000, and continues to personally fund the majority of the charity with his own money. The Boston Globe held up Smith’s foundation as a model charity that properly allocated its funding, noting that it “raised $839,244 between 2008 and 2010 and spent 91 percent of the funds on scholarships and grants”.

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