June 22, 2024

JUST NOW: Alabama head coach Nick Saban had led the Crimson Tide to four…..

In the seven seasons prior to tight end Irv Smith Jr.’s arrival at Alabama in 2016, head coach Nick Saban had led the Crimson Tide to four national titles.

After helping the NFL franchise win three Super Bowls in the previous five seasons, Smith signs with the Kansas City Chiefs under head coach Andy Reid.

Throughout Smith’s three seasons with the Tide, Alabama participated in the national championship game and took home the trophy in his sophomore campaign.

Smith signed as a free agent last week and is aiming for similar outcomes in Kansas City.

Regarding the winning histories of the two programs, Smith stated, “It’s crucial.” “A benchmark has been established. I was aware of that norm when I traveled to Alabama, and I’m aware of it now that I’m in Chiefs Kingdom. I wanted this chance when it came time to make a decision since I don’t take it lightly. I was not avoiding it in any way. I’m going after it.

Despite not being Kansas City’s top tight end, Smith was drawn to the Chiefs because of their championship standard.

Two tight ends are signed by Kansas City for 2024: Noah Gray, who had 28 receptions for 305 yards and two touchdowns in 2023, and four-time All-Pro Travis Kelce, who had 93 receptions for 984 yards and five touchdowns in the 2023 regular season in addition to another 32 receptions, 355 receiving yards, and three touchdowns in the playoffs.

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