Redskins great Joe Theismann ‘just so upset’ by Alex Smith’s gruesome leg injury
Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered a horrific broken leg against the Houston Texans on Sunday. And as fate would have it, Smith’s injury occurred on the 33rd anniversary of former Redskins QB Joe Theismann’s infamous leg break against the Giants and was eerily similar in nature.
Theismann admits Smith’s gruesome injury brought back some very bad memories of his own unfortunate break.
“I still have goosebumps,” Theismann said per Roman Stubbs of the Washington Post. “I can’t believe it. November 18th is such a horrible day for Redskins quarterbacks. I saw the way his foot was, and I turned away.”
“I’m still just so upset,” Theismann said. “I feel so bad for him.”
Theismann said he texted Smith shortly after his injury, saying: “I’m just so sorry.”
Theismann, who led the Redskins to the Super Bowl title back in 1983, suffered one of the most famous injuries in sports history when his leg snapped following a sack by legendary Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor. The injury wound up ending his storied career.
Like Theismann, Smith suffered the injury in his mid-30s and will now face quite a tough road back from the injury. Luckily for Smith, though, science and medicine have progressed significantly in the three decades since Theismann’s injury, which should give him a better chance of making a full recovery.
Smith will also have the benefit of having Theismann to talk to about dealing with the devastating injury, which should also help with the process of getting over that significant setback in his career.