Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith says when he gets a good hit, then he will really know where he is body at. In November 2018, Smith broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg -- the bone protrude through the skin.
The 36-year-old quarterback underwent a total of 17 surgeries to repair the damage but refused to call it a career. "I've thought that more than I can probably say," Smith said. "That's been in the back of my head throughout this entire process.
I've got to go out there and get hit; I've got to know that, obviously, my leg is strong enough to take it." Smith will now have to wear an AFO brace to stabilize his foot and he wants to embrace the challenge of playing with the brace.
"That's something that 10, 15 years ago, that was a death sentence for your career," Smith said. "To have guys go out there and play in an AFO, to see Jaylon Smith go out there and to do what he's done as a young guy, to go see what Michael Porter Jr.
is doing right now wearing an AFO. Those guys are inspirational to me, to see if I can go do this. I do feel like I owe some level to push this as far as it can go for whoever may come after."
Smith admits it took a bit time to adjust to new changes in life
"It kind of hits you again every single day, like, nah, this is really real," he said, "and it's not coming back; there's no going back; this is what I've got moving forward for the rest of my life.
Those emotions were those first few months, and it took a while to get over. That was part of, obviously, being comfortable with what my life, my new normal, is, and then from there moving forward." Smith was the starting quarterback in Washington before he went down with an injury.
Last year, Washington drafted Dwyane Haskins and he finished the season as their starting quarterback. "You build up a lot of walls in your head as far as what you'll ever be able to do again," Smith said. "And then finally, you get over that crest, I guess, and start trying to knock those walls down slowly as they come. It took a long, long time before I could even look at my leg."