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Alex Smith thanks the Chiefs and their fans, talks about moving on to the Redskins

Alex Smith says thanks to the fans

NFL: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

New Redskins QB Alex Smith(at 4PM tomorrow) has written a thank you letter to the Kansas City Chiefs and their fans. His letter comes a day after Redskins free agent QB Kirk Cousins released his letter to the fans and the organization. Smith talks about his first transition in the NFL from the West Coast with the 49ers to the midwest with the Chiefs. Kansas City’s fans had a big impact on Smith during his 5 year run with the Chiefs. He also talked about moving on to the Redskins, and building something together in Washington. Click the link for the full article, and here is a portion where he talks about the Redskins.

As tough as it is for me to say goodbye to K.C., I could not be more excited about this new opportunity in Washington — joining a team with a rich tradition, a great fan base, and a talented roster and coaching staff that I have admired from afar.

I’m pumped to get out there and get to work. Start learning the playbook. Meeting my new teammates. Integrating myself and my family into the community. Bringing the same work ethic, experience and willingness to do whatever it takes to win — which is what has always mattered most to me — to Washington.

I’m just looking forward to starting something new with the Redskins … and finishing it.

But before I go, I just felt the need to say thank you.

Thank you to my Chiefs teammates for your love and sacrifice. I’m truly going to miss taking the field with you.

Thank you Coach Reid for putting your trust in me and always reminding me to be myself. I appreciate everything you’ve done for me.

Thank you Clark Hunt, the Hunt family and the Chiefs organization, for giving me an opportunity.

Thank you to the people in the organization who don’t get nearly the credit they deserve — the assistant coaches, the trainers, the equipment guys and on down the line. Everybody in the organization, top to bottom. You guys each played a role in all the success that we achieved. You should be proud of that, because I know I was proud every day to work with each of you.

Thank you to the Chiefs Kingdom for being some of the craziest, most dedicated fans in the country.

And thank you to the Kansas City community and all the friends my family and I have made during our time with you. To see all the farewell donations that have been made to the Alex Smith Foundation — all in increments of 11 — has been really special. It’s a tremendous gesture that my family and I have been very touched by. We appreciate you. We’re better people because we were fortunate enough to spend the last five years with you.

So thank you, Kansas City. You will forever be a huge part of who I am as a quarterback and as a man.

And Washington?

Let’s build something great together.