All the stars seemed to have aligned for Washington Football Team veteran quarterback Alex Smith, who successfully made his comeback in their 30-10 Week 5 loss against the Los Angeles Rams. Sophomore playmaker Dwayne Haskins' demotion to QB3 along with newly instated starting quarterback Kyle Allen suffering an in-game hit all paved the way for Smith to make a surprise appearance on the field.
Smith was prepared for the possibility of playing:
“I knew no question this week once I was the two, I know the reality of being a play away and how fast that can happen and sure enough, it obviously happened on Sunday,” Smith told Washington's Julie Donaldson.
Alex Smith was inspired to give it his all as he made his comeback with his family watching from the stands and in full support for him. It was a special moment:
“I think that was something special for me that they got to be there because they've been with me on this journey,” he said. “Obviously every day these past two years, day in day out from the very beginning. So, I was really happy they got to be there for me.”
The veteran's first game back under center came almost two years after suffering a gruesome leg injury in a game against the Houston Texans back in November 2018. He already endured a long road to recovery while his wife Elizabeth and the rest of his family remained by his side all throughout the journey. Their unending support for him in his hopes of resuming his playing career ultimately made his comeback possible.
The three-time Pro Bowler's return highlighted his resiliency and completed one of the greatest comebacks from an injury in recent sports history. Alex Smith hopes to make more history in Washington as he settles in a bigger role for the team moving forward, and he's also hoping for a bit more protection after getting sacked six times.