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ALEX SMITH RETURNS
What a journey it has been. Alex Smith will make his first start in the NFL for the Washington Redskins since 2018. 728 days since he suffered a devastating tibia and fibula fracture that practically ended his football career.
Smith of course, the overall first round pick in the 2005 NFL draft from Utah, was selected by the San Francisco 49ers. He spent seven years in San Francisco helping to lead the 49ers to the NFC championship game where they lost to the New York Giants. He than was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs where he would lead them to the playoffs four out of his five years there. Smith was than traded to the Washington where he became the full-time starter until his injury.
Things looked very grim for Smith after his injury. There was even talk about how he was in danger of losing his leg. Following his first surgery, he developed life threatening necrotizing fasciitis that resulted in sepsis and caused him to undergo 17 surgeries. A lot of dead tissue was removed, and he had to have various skin grafts as well as having muscle transferred from his left quadriceps. However, he was always optimistic and vowed to return to football, one way or another.
Today he makes his first start for the Washington Football Team when they take on the Detroit Lions. Washington of course is fighting to win the NFC East along with the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Dallas Cowboys whom all have losing records. This will be the third starting quarterback Washington has had this year.
There is a documentary about Smith’s struggle to get back onto the football field. It is called Project 11 and was made by ESPN films.
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