- Alex's father, Edwin Smith, was the first-ever Bahamian NFL player. He was selected by the Denver Broncos in the 1973 NFL Draft and played in 16 games with three starts at defensive end for the Broncos from 1973-1976.
Alex Smith was acquired by the Patriots from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on April 30, 2009 in exchanged for a fifth round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft ... Originally selected by the Buccaneers in the third round (71st overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.
GP/GS (Playoffs): 58/43 (2/2)
- Smith joins the Patriots in 2009 as a veteran of four NFL seasons with the Buccaneers (2005-08). He led Buccaneers tight ends in receptions in three of his four seasons in Tampa Bay.
- In four seasons with Tampa Bay, Smith played in 58 games with 43 starts and caught 129 passes for 1,252 yards (9.7 avg.) and 11 touchdowns.
- Smith played in 14 games with 12 starts in 2008 and caught 21 passes for 250 yards (11.9 avg.) and three touchdowns.
- In 2007, Smith started all 14 games in which he played and finished fourth on the team with 32 receptions for a career-high 385 yards (12.0 avg.) and three touchdowns.
- In 2006, Smith played in 14 games with seven starts and finished third on the Buccaneers with 35 catches for 250 yards (7.1 avg.) and three touchdowns.
- As a rookie in 2005, Smith finished second on the team with a career-high 41 receptions for 367 yards (9.0 avg.) and two touchdowns while playing in all 16 games with 10 starts.
- Smith's 41 receptions in 2005 led all NFL rookie tight ends that season and ranked third among all league rookies, while standing as the highest reception total by a Tampa Bay tight end in 10 years.
- As a blocker in 2005, Smith helped open holes for running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, who had six 100-yard games and won the NFL Rookie of the Year award.
2008 (14/12 - Tampa Bay): Had 21 receptions for 250 yards and was third on the team with three touchdown receptions ... Started at tight end at Chicago (9/21) and had three receptions for 33 yards ... Started at tight end vs. Green Bay (9/28) and had two receptions for 26 yards and one touchdown ... Started at tight end vs. Carolina (10/12) and tied for the team-high with three receptions for 43 yards and one touchdown ... Started at tight end at Dallas (10/26) and had two receptions for 39 yards, including a career-long 34-yard reception ... Started at tight end at Kansas City (11/2) and caught a two-point conversion pass from QB Jeff Garcia with 19 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game ... Finished the day with two receptions for 12 yards and one touchdown on a three-yard pass from running back Earnest Graham.
2007 (14/14, 1/1 - Tampa Bay): Led all Buccaneers tight ends and ranked fourth overall on the team with 32 receptions for 385 yards and was third on the team with three receiving touchdowns ... Started at New Orleans (9/16), posting two catches for 45 yards, including a careerlong 33-yard reception ... Started at Indianapolis (10/7) and caught two passes for six yards and a career-high tying two touchdowns ... Started at Atlanta (11/18) and caught team-high three passes for 51 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown in the third quarter ... Started at Houston (12/9) and caught his 100th career pass on a 31-yard reception in the third quarter ... Started at San Francisco (12/23) and had a season-high six catches for a career-high 79 yards ... Made second-career playoff start against the N.Y. Giants in NFC Wild Card Game (1/6/08) and caught three passes for 26 yards and a touchdown.
2006 (14/7 - Tampa Bay): Finished season with 35 catches for 250 yards and three touchdowns ... His 35 receptions led all Buccaneers tight ends and ranked third overall on the team ... Led team in receptions in four games ... Saw significant action against Carolina (9/24), catching four passes for 72 yards, including being on receiving end of flea-flicker ... Led team in both receptions and receiving yards ... Saw action at New Orleans (10/8), grabbing teamhigh five catches for 16 yards and one touchdown ... Started at Chicago (12/17) and led Buccaneers in receptions with five for 24 yards and one touchdown ... Saw significant action at Cleveland (12/24) and tied for team lead in receptions, catching four passes for 45 yards.
2005 (16/10, 1/1 - Tampa Bay): Ranked second on the team with 41 receptions, for 367 yards (9.0 avg.) and two touchdowns ... Ranked third in the NFL among rookies, and first among rookie tight ends, with 41 receptions on the season, behind wide receiver Mark Clayton of Baltimore (44 receptions) and wide receiver Reggie Brown of Philadelphia (43 receptions) ... His 41 receptions were the most by a Buccaneer tight end since Jackie Harris had 62 in 1995 ... Part of offense that provided blocking for NFL Rookie of the Year running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, who broke the team record with six 100-yard rushing performances and set a franchise rookie record with 1,178 rushing yards ... Started at Minnesota (9/11) in his NFL debut and had a breakout performance ... Caught a pair of scoring passes (23 and two yards, respectively) from QB Brian Griese ... Caught his first career pass for five yards in the first quarter ... Followed that with a 23-yard reception for his first career touchdown ... Later broke open in the end zone and caught a pass in traffic for a two-yard touchdown reception ... His two-touchdown performance was the first by a tight end making his NFL debut since Atlanta's Jim Mitchell caught two in 1969 ... Saw action at the N.Y. Jets (10/9) and caught five passes for 46 yards ... Saw action at San Francisco (10/30) and caught two passes for 43 yards, including a career-long 24-yard pass ... Started at Atlanta (11/20) and tied for the team lead with three receptions for 43 yards ... Started vs. Atlanta (12/24) and tied for the team lead with eight receptions for 75 yards.
Played four seasons at Stanford (2001-04) after redshirting in 2000 ... Was a three-year starter who was considered to be the premier tight end among college football's seniors in 2004 ... Awards included 2004 runner-up for the Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end ... Became the first Stanford tight end to be named First-Team All-Pac-10 since Greg Baty in 1985 and the first tight end to lead the team in receiving since Bob Moore in 1969 ... 2004 second-team consensus All-American, 2004 Team MVP, 2003 Honorable mention All-Pac-10, 2003 Honorable mention academic All-Pac-10 and 2002 Academic All-Pac-10 ... Played in 44 contests with 32 starts ... Finished his career with 107 receptions for 1,291 yards and eight touchdowns.
Edwin Alexander Smith was born on May 22, 1982 in Denver, Colorado ... Attended Mullen (Denver, Colo.) High School ... Super Prep first-team All-American, Prep Star All-Midlands, All-State and All-Centennial League selection following his senior year ... Helped Mullen win the Colorado 5A Championship as a junior ... Three-year varsity letterwinner in basketball and four-year letterwinner in track ... Named honorable mention All-Colorado and first-team All-League in basketball as a senior ... His father, Edwin, was the first-ever Bahamian NFL player and played for the Denver Broncos from 1973-1976 ... Alex took football back to the Bahamas, where he hosted a youth football camp in the summers of 2006-2008 ... During the 2009 offseason, participated in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business ... Founded the EASII foundation in 2007 with the goal of helping underprivileged youth gain college scholarships ... Visited the North Tampa Boys & Girls Club in September 2005 and helped the kids with their homework before participating in the Gatorade Junior Training Camp football drills ... Smith was crowned EA Sports Madden Bowl champion in 2007 and 2008... Majored in economics at Stanford.