Quarterback Alex Smith has suggested that he didn't feel wanted by the Washington Football Team this past summer. Smith, who suffered one of the most gruesome injuries ever seen on a football field in 2018, made a comeback from a broken right tibia and fibula injury last season.
"They didn't see it, didn't want me there, didn't want me to be a part of it, didn't want me to be on the team, the roster, didn't want to give me a chance," Smith told GQ Magazine. "Mind you, it was a whole new regime, they came in; I'm like the leftovers and I'm hurt and I'm this liability.
"Heck no, they didn't want me there. At that point, as you can imagine, everything I'd been through, I couldn't have cared less about all that. Whether you like it or not, I'm giving this a go at this point."
Smith hopes to continue playing
Smith, who is set to turn 37 in May, returned to the field last season and had some notable performances and led Washington to some wins. Smith was named the 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
"I got more left," Smith said in the GQ interview. "I got more to get there, too. So I really do really wanna get in the meat of this offseason and see where I'm at and push it. I want to push my body harder.
I want to push my leg harder. The harder I push it, it does respond. At some point, I'm obviously going to have to sit down with my wife and have a very real conversation, and do we want to do this? She deserves a ton of input.
So we'll see." Smith pressed Washington coaches late in training camp to finally give him a chance to be in an 11-on-11 full-padded workout. "I felt like I still hadn't had my fair shake at that point," Smith told GQ.
"I wanted to see if I could play quarterback and play football, and I feel like I hadn't been given that opportunity yet to find that out. It's like getting this close to the end line of a marathon and they're telling you that you can't finish the race.
It's like, f--- that. I'm finishing this thing. At least I'm going to see if I can. So, I'm thankful we worked through all that stuff but no, it wasn't like open arms coming back after two years."