UTAH (ABC4) – The daughter of a former Utah Ute turned NFL quarterback has been diagnosed with brain caner.
Alex Smith announced yesterday that his youngest child, Sloane, was diagnosed with “a very rare malignant tumor with very few documented cases–without a clear road map to treatment.”
The University of Utah (U of U) remembers Smith as an award-winning quarterback who led the college’s football team to an 11-0 record for the 2004-2005 season, which featured a first-ever trip–and win–to the Bowl Championship Series. Following his college career, PlayersBio reports that Smith was picked by the San Francisco 49ers as the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NFL draft, “the highest pick ever from the state of Utah.” Smith represented the 49ers for six seasons before being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013. From there, the Chiefs traded Smith to the Washington Redskins in 2018. Smith appeared in the season’s first nine games before falling victim to a horrific leg injury on week 11. According to ESPN, Smith announced his retirement from the NFL in April of 2021.
Yesterday, June 25, Smith took to Instagram to inform fans of Sloane’s condition, writing, “On May 10th, Sloane was rushed to the ER with stroke-like symptoms. She had an MRI and the doctors quickly informed us she had a large brain tumor and needed an emergency craniotomy.”
Smith referred to the 10-hour procedure as “the most excruciating time of our lives.”
Luckily, Smith shared that the staff at Stanford Children’s Health was able to remove 100% of Sloane’s tumor. The relieved father went on to add that his daughter “bounced back from brain surgery like a rockstar!”
At this time, Smith and family members are awaiting test results while “gathering as many options as we can from doctors across the country to decide the best path forward.”
Smith signed off of the social media platform, saying, “I know we don’t post much about our kids but we felt necessary to post this and say THANK YOU. Thank you to our amazing medical team, family, friends, acquaintances and even some strangers who have touched our lives in the last month and a half.”