This is easily starting to become our favorite trend: fans paying tribute and donating to their beloved player's foundations as a way to honor what those athletes have done on the field.

For Alex Smith, despite all the flack he has gotten for his reputation as a "game manager" and inability to have much playoff success in Kansas City, his recent departure has truly affected the emotions of his teammates and those Chiefs faithful who have appreciated what No. 11 has done in their community.

As a thank you, fans are actively donating to Smith's foundation, which provides foster teens with resources to help them transition to successful adulthood while offering mentorship, educational, housing and work opportunities.

This is something we have seen happen more often, starting with Todd Gurley's favorite cause receiving portions of fantasy football player's championship earnings as he exploded in the final weeks of the season to help those who had him on their rosters.

Andy Dalton also received donations to his foundation from thankful Buffalo Bills fans who saw the team's playoff drought end when Dalton threw a last-second miraculous touchdown pass against the Ravens to eliminate Baltimore and give the Bills the final AFC postseason spot.

And don't forget Saints punter Thomas Morstead, who played against the Vikings in the NFC Divisional Round with a set of broken ribs; he was shown appreciation for his gusty performance when Vikings fans also donated a total of $200,000 to his "What Will You Grow" cause.

Simply put, this is awesome, and the relationship between fans and players is an awesome one. 

So, what do you say Chiefs fans? Perhaps it's ​time to show a little love to a guy that has shown the same for a solid five years.