Veteran midfielder Alex Smith announced his retirement from the NFL by lowering the curtain in a 16-year career he overcame a serious, life-threatening injury.
Alex Smith, 36, who was released by the Washington soccer team last month, announced his public retirement in a video posted on Instagram.
“Even though I still have a lot of ‘shots’, after 16 years of giving this game all I have, I look forward to seeing what’s possible as well. ”Alex Smith said in the video.
Quarterback played eight matches for Washington last season, culminating in an unusual return to the NFL. After suffering a multiple fracture in his right leg in 2018, which required 17 surgeries.
During recoveryA bacterial infection that nearly cost Alex Smith’s life and required his leg amputated.
“Two years ago I was trapped in a wheelchair looking at my shattered leg and wondering if I could go for a walk with my wife or play with my kids in the yard.”, Diego Alex Smith.
“Re-wearing the helmet was the furthest thing from my mind. I kept asking myself, ‘All this for a stupid game? “Remember.
Alex Smith led Washington to five wins and one loss in his six matches as the start of last season, helping the franchise win the NFC East title.
His performance earned him an NFL Comeback of the Year award this past February, shortly before his release from Washington.
Alex Smith was selected first in the 2005 draft by the San Francisco 49ers, playing eight seasons. In 2013 he joined the Kansas City Chiefs and in 2018 moved to Washington.
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