Alex Smith Announces his Retirement from the NFL

Jan 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year, Alex Smith, retired after 16 seasons in the NFL. He announced his retirement in an Instagram video Monday morning.

“Even though I’ve got plenty of snaps left in me, after 16 years of giving this game everything I’ve got, I can’t wait to see what else is possible.”

Alex Smith

His NFL Career

Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the fourth quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Fransisco 49ers drafted Alex Smith in 2005 with the first overall pick. He played for the 49ers for his first eight seasons before being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs. Smith had some of his best seasons with the Chiefs. Smith threw for over 4000 yards, 26 touchdowns, and five interceptions in 2017. During his time in Kansas City, he led the team to four playoff appearances.

Once the Chiefs drafted their future quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs traded Smith to the Washington Redskins in 2018. But their team name is now the Washington Football Team. That same year, Smith suffered a gruesome leg injury against the Texans. This injury sidelined him for the rest of the 2018 season and all of the next season. Doctors feared that Smith would not play football again. After 17 surgeries, Smith was able to come back to the playing field during the 2020 season. He played eight games and went on to win the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.

Why Alex Smith Decided to Retire

Washington cut Alex Smith after the 2020 season. Alex Smith retired a month later rather than joining another team. This is not a surprise; with his leg injury in 2018 and his age at 36, it makes a lot of sense to retire.

“I want to say thank you for believing in me, and thank you for helping me believe in myself,” said Smith in his retirement video. “I’m going to take a little time to enjoy a few of those walks with my wife, and my kids have no idea what’s coming for them in the backyard.”

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