Alex Smith, 2020 Comeback Player of the Year, Announces Retirement
The former Washington Football Team quarterback and 2020 Comeback Player of the year, Alex Smith, has reportedly announced his retirement on Instagram.
After 16 seasons in the league, Alex Smith finally called it quits. He spent time with 3 organizations during that time. His first 8 years were spent with the San Fransisco 49ers, the following 5 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, and he finished his last 3 years with the Washington Football Team where he suffered a nearly life-threatening injury.
After injuring his leg taking a sack against the Houston Texans in 2018, Smith had some complications with his leg. It threatened to lead to his leg getting amputated, but even more frightening, it risked his life. Fortunately, he survived the surgeries and began rehabbing, when he decided he wanted to play football in the NFL again. He made that dream a reality. After 693 days removed from the injury, Smith returned to the field and completed his first pass attempt.
He very clearly earned the 2020 Comeback Player of the Year after one of, if not the most incredible story sports has ever seen. He may not have left a Hall of Fame legacy behind, but it is almost certain that the NFL will name the Comeback Player of the Year trophy after Smith. If they don’t, they’re missing out on the chance to honor this warrior.
He finished his career playing 174 total games while passing for 35,650 yards on 62.6% completion percentage. He passed for 199 TDs and 109 INTs, but he was sneakily impressive in the rushing department. He ran 580 times for 2,604 yards and 15 TDs in his career.
He was a 3x Pro Bowler and was among the NFL’s top 100 list in 2016 and 2017. He was a fairly clutch player as well, leading 23 comebacks in his career. He wasn’t going to blow you away as a QB during his time in the league, but he was one that you could rely on. You will be missed Alex Smith.
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