Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith admits there is a lot of excitement ahead of his NFL comeback as he is happy to be once again be able to play the game he loves. In November 2018, Smith suffered a season-ending injury when he broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg -- the bone protrude through the skin.
Smith's comeback story will be quite remarkable since he underwent a total of 17 surgeries after the injury to repair the damage. Smith, a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, also missed the entire 2019 season but few days ago he was activated off the physically unable to perform list.
"In the football world, I'm a dinosaur," Smith told ESPN's Stephania Bell, "but I felt like a 16-year-old again. The nerves, the feeling of excitement, obviously anxiety. All that stuff of being alive, the range of emotions of going out there with your teammates.
That's why you play. "It felt good to get those nerves going again. "I know a lot of people probably think it's funny that I'm even pursuing this. I really feel like I need to see where this ends. I need to, I need to see what my limitations are, what I'm capable of.
"I really feel like I've been faced with this giant challenge in life. I can't help it. I think that my three little kids see everything that I do. And for me, just kind of continuing to push this and see where it goes, you know, and, and no expectations."
Smith didn't want his kids to think that their father is a quitter
Smith, who recently turned 36 years old, suffered one of the most gruesome injuries ever seen on a football field but he wanted to go out on his own terms.
"It's not something I can walk away from and be able to sleep at night if I did," Smith explained in an interview with the team's website. "I don't think I could look my kids in the eyes and talk to them about giving it their all and pushing through things.
We all face adversity in life. Was I going to talk about it or be about it? For me, that's what it is. However this comes out, I'll be better off for it. I continue to make gains. That continues to excite me, that I can keep pushing and at some point I'll find out what my limitations are. But I haven't found them yet."