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Kansas City Chiefs fans had to see the writing on the wall with Alex Smith. The team traded up for Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 NFL Draft to be Smith’s heir apparent. Nothing the organization said publicly during this past season indicated that Smith would be back with the team.

It still had to be somewhat of a shock that Smith was traded so soon after the Chiefs’ season ended. The Pro Bowler found himself jettisoned to the Washington Redskins Monday night.

As under-appreciated as he might have been in Kansas City, fans are thanking Smith in a pretty darn special way following his trade. They’re doing so by donating to The Alex Smith Foundation, an organization that provides tools and resources to help foster children transition to adulthood.

Smith was nothing less than a true professional during his five seasons with the Chiefs. He’s also been a pillar in the communities of both the San Francisco Bay Area and Kansas City during his career. His charity is a prime example of this, as noted by SB Nation’s Niners Nation.

This is a continuation of what is a promising trend around the NFL. After his Cincinnati Bengals helped the Buffalo Bills make the playoffs in Week 17, Bills fans donated a large chunk of change to Andy Dalton’s charity (more on that here).

It’s a way for fans to show their thanks to athletes while giving back to the community themselves. We’re pretty stoked about this latest development in the world of fandom.

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