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Alex Smith Announces Retirement

Elisha Twerski
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Alex Smith worked extremely hard to come back from a catastrophic leg injury in 2018, and he led the Washington Football Team to a 5-1 record and an unlikely playoff berth last season.

However, Washington chose to go in a different direction at quarterback for next season, and Smith has ultimately decided to retire.

Smith's numbers weren’t great last year — he averaged 5.3 adjusted yards per attempt and threw 6 touchdowns compared to 8 interceptions — but the fact that he was even on the field is a minor miracle. He almost needed to have his leg amputated following his 2018 injury, and he was rewarded with the Comeback Player of the Year award in 2020.

Even in his prime, Smith was never known for putting up gaudy statistics. He was considered a “game manager,” but he simply knew how to win football games. He led the 49ers to the playoffs in 2011 and the Chiefs to the playoffs in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017 before doing it with Washington last season.

There was some talk about his former college coach Urban Meyer bringing him in to serve as a mentor for Trevor Lawrence, who is -20000 to be the first pick of the 2021 NFL Draft on FanDuel Sportsbook. However, the medical personnel in Jacksonville were reportedly “very worried” about Smith’s health.

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