What once seemed impossible is now the reality: Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith is active for an NFL game.
For the first time since suffering a near life-threatening injury in November 2018, Smith is in full uniform and one play away from completing the ultimate comeback story.
The 36-year-old was promoted to the backup role for the Burgundy and Gold earlier this week. Kyle Allen will be Washington's starter in Week 5, while second-year QB Dwayne Haskins was relegated to third-string.
Although Smith likely won't take the field unless Allen gets hurt, just seeing him in full pads and preparing for an NFL game again is surreal.
Alex Smith. In uniform. Warming up before a real NFL game. First time since, well, you know. pic.twitter.com/xQjJmzh8vU— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) October 11, 2020
Earlier this week, Smith spoke with Angie Goff on an episode of the OH MY GOFF SHOW to discuss his return to football.
"For me to be practicing every day back on an NFL field again, for me to be back at this point to be doing the things I'm doing, literally I feel like I have to pinch myself sometimes because it's been so long for me," Smith said. "I'd be lying if I said I never doubted that I'd be close to this, so to be doing those things again: crazy things like sprinting, running around playing quarterback with those pads on and rolling, feeling really good, it's so surreal. It's something I don't take for granted at all, I'm very thankful for."
Smith might not be just Washington's backup for long. According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, Washington is hoping Smith can take over as the team's starter in the coming weeks.