Smith had a solid NFL career but there are a couple of reasons why he appears low on this list. First, he didn’t have the best start to life with the Niners. They infamously booed him and fans wanted him to leave. But he managed to stabilize his career and turned things around. However, there’s another major problem with his position as the top draft pick.
San Francisco drafted him ahead of future four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but this is one of the most amazing mistakes ever. Nonetheless, Smith has a decent legacy because he’s one of the most inspiring ever. Remarkably, he actually returned to pro football after a life-threatening broken leg (via ESPN).