Alex Smith returned for the first time since Nov. 18, 2018 as the Washington Football Team took on the Los Angeles Rams in Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season.
According to head coach Sean McVay and Jared Goff, Smith is as tough as they come and deserves the utmost respect in the team’s 30-10 win in Week 5.
“It’s just incredible what he’s overcome and to be in a situation where he’s competing and being able to move in the pocket and make some plays off schedule,” McVay said. “You almost wish for him as a football fan it was in a little bit better conditions as far as being able to play where you can throw and catch a little bit more easily than what some of those elements entailed. Weird saying that when it was our defense that made it very difficult, so just impressed by him.”
“That is really one of the most amazing things I think not only that we’ve ever seen, but one of the most amazing things in football history is him getting back from that injury and coming back,” Goff said about Smith’s comeback. “I think the respect I have for him and just the way he goes about his business… my interactions with him have always been awesome. He’s a great guy and deserves everything.”
Smith was diagnosed with both a spiral and compound fracture to his tibia and fibula in his right leg against the Houston Texans in Week 11 of the 2018 season.
Not only was Smith’s football career in danger, but his life as well.
Fortunately, doctors were able to save Smith’s right leg and allowed him to rehab in order to return to the football field almost two seasons later against the Rams.
Oct. 11, 2020 was ultimately the result of the hard work that Smith put in to hopefully one day get back on the field that he loved playing on so much.
Although the Rams dominated the Football Team, Smith completed 9-of-17 passes for 37 yards and rushed for one yard in his first game in nearly two seasons.
Both McVay and Goff praised Smith because the entire football world knew how gruesome the injury was and how difficult it would be to return to the field.
However, Smith did it and once he gets his legs under him, he could actually serve to be Washington’s best quarterback ahead of Kyle Allen and Dwayne Haskins.
One thing is for certain, Smith is a warrior and deserves to be out on that football field for as long as he feels comfortable doing so. Welcome back, Alex Smith!