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(FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2012 file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, left, talks with former quarterback and NFL broadcaster Steve Young before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in San Francisco. A person with knowledge of the trade tells The Associated Press) that the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to acquire Smith from San Francisco. The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, because the trade does not become official until March 12, when the NFL's new business year begins. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
Former Ute, NFL QB Alex Smith to deliver commencement address

The Utes have announced Alex Smith, the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NFL draft, will deliver the 2014 commencement address.

Smith, the quarterback for Kansas City, was selected by the president and the Board of Trustees to give the speech during the ceremonies scheduled for May 1 at 6:30 p.m.

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Smith went 21-1 for the Utes and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in two years with a 3.74 GPA. He was working on a master’s degree before he was drafted.

"He is a standout example of class and persistence," Utah president David W. Pershing said. "It is no surprise that his teammates voted him the Ed Block Courage Award in 2011 as a model of inspiration, sportsmanship and courage. It is an honor to welcome Alex back to campus."

- Lya Wodraska



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