Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith has announced his retirement from the NFL after 16 seasons. Smith, a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, suffered one of the most gruesome injuries ever seen on a football field in 2018.
Last season, Smith returned to the football field after being sidelined for two years and won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. Smith led Washington to winning their division but unfortunately he was unable to play in the playoffs.
Last offseason, Smith didn't feel wanted by Washington. "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 in February.
"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, 36, wanted to continue his career
In his interview with GQ magazine two months ago, Smith hoped he would continue his career. "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." Washington head coach Ron Rivera feared to give Smith real action last training camp.
"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."