Alex Smith is just the latest QB to make the voyage from San Francisco to Kansas City. Since 1988, 39% of the passing yards for the Kansas City franchise have come from quarterbacks who played in San Francisco, a number that should cross 40% next season. In the nineties, Kansas City went to the San Francisco well three consecutive times, trading for Joe Montana then signing both Steve Bono and Elvis Grbac. In honor of the Alex Smith trade, these are the best QBs to play for both the Chiefs and 49ers.
6. Bob Gagliano. Before Kansas City got San Francisco products, it went the other way. Gagliano was a 12th round pick of the Chiefs and threw 1 pass as a Chief. Years later, he got re-introduced to the league as a replacement player for San Francisco, before moving on and becoming a Detroit legend.
5. Steve Bono. He came to Kansas City as a career backup, and is a legend because he is as fast as RG III, at least that’s what the record book says.
4. Elvis Grbac. True story: the offseason Grbac was traded, he was at a local mall in a sports shop signing autographs. Nobody was there, so myself and some buddies talked to him, bought a football and had him sign it. He didn’t seem like he wanted us to leave, since it was dead. We then went in the parking lot and played catch and scuffed the football up.
3. Alex Smith. Alex gets ahead of Grbac here since he started and had a better year than Grbac by the time he arrived. I’m not willing to put him ahead of the next guy, even though he was a journeyman until he arrived in Kansas City.
2. Steve DeBerg. DeBerg actually started in San Francisco until being replaced by Joe Montana, then bounced to Denver and Tampa Bay. He will forever be a legend for playing in a playoff game with the largest thumb cast you will ever see.
1. Joe Montana. The last quarterback to win a playoff game in Kansas City, Joe Cool was definitely worth it, from the Monday Night win in Denver to the win at Houston in the playoffs.
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