Jim Harbaugh on Alex Smith: ‘It’s personal’

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As the San Francisco 49ers prepare for the Kansas City Chiefs, head coach Jim Harbaugh can’t help but think about his former quarterback Alex Smith.

“Great memories of his leadership and his play,” said Harbaugh on Monday, via 49ers.com. “Just the person he was. He was a guy who was universally respected by his teammates and coaches. A long list of great memories.”

In 2011, the 49ers won 13 regular season games and reached the NFC title game with Smith as Harbaugh’s top signal-caller.  Harbaugh has not forgotten what the former No. 1 overall pick accomplished in the Bay Area.

“It’s personal with Alex, you know? It’s probably different in that way,” Harbaugh said. “I feel like there’s a great friendship there and a lot of history.

“He’s a unique person. He’s a very, just good in all ways. Good friend.”

Harbaugh expects Smith will be very competitive in their matchup Friday.

“I know the competitor that he is, he wants to win and we do as well,” Harbaugh said. “I’ll be able to tell you a little more maybe afterwards, but it feels different right now.

“We wish him the best, a long and healthy and successful career.”

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