SJ - February 24, 2021
Alex Smith came back from a devastating injury to help the Washington Football Team make it to the playoffs. His efforts easily earned him the Comeback Player of the Year award.
But it almost didn't happen. According to Smith the WFT didn't want him to come back. They didn't even want him on the team.
I assume you were talking to the Washington Football Team throughout that process? Were they surprised to hear that you were ready to go?
They were. They never thought I was coming back. No one there. I did all my rehab outside of the building. They do ACLs and stuff like that. But walking in with what I had, it's like you got three eyes.
So what was their response?
So there was a very small group of people that actually thought that I could do this. I think the rest of the world either doubted me, or they patronized me. "Yeah, that's really nice that you're trying." When I decided to come back, I definitely threw a wrench in the team's plan. 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. 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. [laughs] Whether you like it or not, I'm giving this a go at this point.
The fact that Smith had his leg destroyed and then went through everything he did before making it back on the field is fucking insane.
Even more insane might be that he didn't have any real support from the team during his comeback. Time to retire and leave that screwed up franchise in the rear view mirror. Fuck them.
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