It was football that brought Elizabeth and Alex Smith together. It was also football that brought the couple to Kansas City. From their days working for rival NFL franchises, to raising a family together in Kansas City, there is a lot to learn about the Smiths. Many people know about the success Alex has had on the football field for the Chiefs but few know about his wife, Elizabeth, who holds the family together.
There is a lot to learn about the former Raiders cheerleader and mother of two. Heavy is here to help you get to know Elizabeth Smith.
Here is what you need to know:
1. Elizabeth Was a Raiders Cheerleader
While Alex played for the San Francisco 49ers, the couple was able to put their NFL rivalry aside. According to PlayersWives.com, Elizabeth is a former Raiders cheerleader. The couple met while they were both in the Bay Area. They became engaged in 2007 and got married in 2009.
The wedding took place at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The above video shows unique footage from the videographer who filmed the wedding. It looks like the couple spared no expense to celebrate their big day.
2. The Couple’s First Date Was at a St. Patrick’s Day Festival
According to ESPN, their first date took place at a St. Patrick’s Day Festival in San Jose, California. The couple enjoyed dinner afterwards and were joined by Alex’s best friend, Andre Dabagghian.
Dabagghian committed suicide in 2008, and Elizabeth was one of the key people to help Alex through the grieving process. She detailed how hard it has been in an interview with ESPN: “Alex still has moments when he needs to go through the grieving process. He didn’t really get that opportunity when all this happened.”
The couple honored Dabagghian and Elizabeth’s uncle, who died around the same time, at their wedding.
3. The Smiths Are Active at the Hope House
Alex and Elizabeth have focused their philanthropy efforts on the Hope House, a Kansas City based organization dedicated to domestic violence prevention. Alex narrated the above promotional video that Elizabeth tweeted out. According to the Hope House’s website, their mission is to “break the cycle of domestic violence by providing safe refuge and supportive services that educate and empower those impacted by domestic violence. Hope House will advocate social change that protects and engenders a person’s right to live a life free of abuse.”
The organization provides a number of services to “form a safety net of prevention, education and support for thousands of people in the Kansas City area traumatized by domestic violence every year.”
4. They Have Two Children, Hunter and Hayes
The Smiths have two sons, Hunter and Hayes. Elizabeth is a proud mother and frequently posts pictures on social media of the two boys. There are photos of movie nights, making cupcakes for dad after a Chiefs victory, the kids in their Halloween costumes and more.
Elizabeth has both an Instagram and Twitter account although she is more active on Instagram. Her account is full of pictures of the family, and she has used her Twitter account to speak up for causes like the Hope House.
5. Alex & Elizabeth Moved to Kansas City from San Francisco
Smith was the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. An injury to Smith late in the 2012 season opened up an opportunity for Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick took the starting position and Smith remained the backup even when he returned to health. The 49ers made the Super Bowl but lost in the game to the Ravens.
The 49ers traded Smith to the Chiefs causing the Smiths to move their family to Kansas City. Smith is now the starting quarterback for the Chiefs and with the way he is playing it looks like the Smiths can get settled in to their Kansas City home.