That ride off the field on Nov. 18, 2018, was just the start of a long journey from the compound fracture of his right tibia and a fractured right fibula.
In a new ESPN documentary titled "Project 11," which is set to premiere this Friday, viewers will get an inside look at Smith's life and his journey since taking that hit from J.J. Watt.
15 years ago, Alex Smith was the #1 overall NFL draft pick. Now, he is trying to do the impossible. E60 brings you inside the life and near death story. pic.twitter.com/JhZsl1V2jC
— E60 (@E60) April 22, 2020
Since that fateful moment, Smith has endured 17 surgeries, as he shows and describes in this graphic preview, because of an infection and other complications. At one point, doctors considered amputation his leg, and Smith has said he's lucky to be alive after enduring that infection.
Here's all the information you need to watch the quarterback's arduous recovery process, which he hopes eventually leads to a playing career again.
Project 11: How to Watch
What: E60 presents Alex Smith's story and his life-threatening injury.
When: Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: ESPN and streaming live on the ESPN app
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