A day before he makes just his second Thanksgiving start of his career, Alex Smith of the Washington Football Team is making sure he gets to relish this ‘full circle’ moment.
“An opportunity like this doesn’t get any cooler than this week to play on Thanksgiving,” said Smith (via The Santa Fe New Mexican). “It has special meaning for me, especially considering two years ago and on the eve of this game was when everything happened. It’s crazy to come a full circle.”
Smith’s first Thanksgiving start came nine years ago was when he was still playing for the San Francisco 49ers. This resulted to a loss against the Baltimore Ravens.
Two years ago, Smith was set for his second Thanksgiving start against the Dallas Cowboys but this was taken away from him by a horrific leg injury against the Houston Texans days before the match. Since that fateful November evening in 2018, Smith has fought against all odds and is poised for his second Thanksgiving Day start against the Cowboys on Thursday.
After amazingly returning from a career-threatening injury, Smith has slowly but surely found his footing as Washington Football’s QB1 this season. He’s played in four games so far and has made two consecutive starts for the team throwing a total of 918 yards for two passing TDs.
Across the field from Smith, it’s the Cowboys’ Andy Dalton who will be the starting QB for his squad on Thursday. Though there’s been 25 years worth of QB experience between these two in the league, only Smith has started a Thanksgiving match and that has happened only once. We’re definitely up for a one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving match come Thursday.