Asher Roth Writes For ESPN, Compares Self To NFL's Alex Smith

Roth explains the parallels between his career and that of Alex Smith, a quarterback who has struggled in the NFL but who is now finding some success.

Life-long San Francisco 49ers fan Asher Roth recently penned an article for ESPN titled My Life as Alex Smith. The emcee wrote the article to explain the parallels between his musical career and the career of Alex Smith, a quarterback who has been applauded and ridiculed since his introduction to the NFL as the number one overall draft pick in 2005. In the article, Roth discusses the significance of the ups and downs that both of them have faced through the years in the spotlight. 

Smith was once a highly touted rookie, one who earned a starting spot on the 49ers. At around the same time, Roth was earning a record contract and some musical success. 

"Ask any of my college buddies," Roth explained in his article. "I have a soft spot for Mr. Smith. Drafted No. 1 overall in '05 out of Utah, he came into the league around the same time I was pursuing a rap career. I was a sophomore in college and was being 'scouted' by 'talent agents' while Smith was taking the starting job from Rattay. Smith had a productive year under Norv Turner, and I signed a record deal with a hit single. Here we go. Ups and downs, lefts and rights..." 

Roth continued, explaining how the two have also had similar setbacks in their careers. 

"Seven offensive coordinators in seven years and never a head coach that really spoke the language. It was a direct correlation to what was happening in my professional career. Sure we had the talent, sure we had the wits, but for some odd reason it was not translating. The losing seasons weren't all our fault but it sure felt like it. Lines were crossed. Something was off," he added.

Though times were tough, both continued to strive for success. Roth has new projects being released soon and Smith's 49ers are off to 5-1 start under new coach Jim Harbaugh. 

"The 49ers take a 5-1 record into the bye week and Alex Smith's QB rating of 95.2 is good for eighth best in the NFL. My latest mixtape 'Pabst & Jazz' will be out just in time for the must-see Harbaugh Bowl on Thanksgiving Night. My newest album 'Is This Too Orange?' will be hitting shelves around the same time the San Francisco 49ers finish their first playoff run in almost a decade...Here's to a winning season, Mr. Smith."

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  • Anonymous

    i love asher roth. underrated. better than yellawolf

  • ghostwriter

    Unfortunately, I do not see either guy lighting up the scoreboards/billboards anytime soon.

    • Tdotfrog

      ...and meanwhile in reality, Cam Newton, Sam Bradford, Matthew Stafford, Andy Dalton, all went to dismal teams and had to learn a New system with an New OC, and Newton and Dalton both had the unfortunate luck of a lock-out all offseason. Yet the have already run circles around the Bay Areas golden boy. If Smith was drafted in the East Coast he would have been cut after year 3. Only in Frisco does manners and looking good in Practice give you 7 years with the same Franchise.

    • R.Pgh

      @ TdotFrog - Aaron Rodgers also had the fortunate circumstance to sit behind one of the greatest QB's in history and learn from him. He also hasn't had 7 O-coordinators in 7 years, having to learn a brand new system year in and year out. Hindsight is 20/20. Of coarse now you can say 'Rodgers should have been #1', but you, me, or anyone else in the football watching world knew he was going to be this great. I'm not saying Alex Smith isn't a bust, but you can make a strong argument that the system(s) he's been thrown into set him up for failure from the get go.

    • TdotFrog

      Alex Smith Sucks. Of course your QB rating will be 8th best, when you only throw for 200 yards a game and most of your passes are high percentage checkdowns to your rbs. This guy is one of a long list of 49er fans with a Man crush on Alex Smith. The 49ers are 5-1, because they are playing mistake free, defensively great games. Alex Smith is pulling a Trent Dilfer. When you are drafted No.1, you gotta do more than only throw for 300 yards twice in a 7 year career to not be universally known as a bust. Don't care how far the 49ers go this season, their starting QB is a solid Bust. Aaron Rodgers should have been the No.1 pick, now that's a QB.

    • William W. Pendleton

      The only thing Asher will be lighting up is a spliff. Smith on the otherhand has my attention now

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