Alex Smith Fairytale Continues; Will he Lead Washington Football Team to the NFC East Crown?

Published 01/03/2021, 1:40 PM EST
Dec 13, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks to pass during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports


After suffering his career-defining injury in November 2018, not many expected former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith to return to the world of football. But a little over two years since that fateful day, Smith finds himself on the verge of completing one of the greatest comebacks in football history.

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The 36-year old is back in the starting line-up following last week’s events surrounding young QB Dwayne Haskins. Head coach Ron Rivera has given Smith the opportunity to etch his name in NFL history books by naming him the starter on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

But if the veteran quarterback lives up to the occasion remains to be seen.

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Smith made his first NFL appearance since November 2018 in last year’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Smith has thrown for 1,400+ yards with 4 passing TDs against 6 interceptions this season. But all that won’t matter if he manages to seal a spot in the playoffs by beating the Eagles on Sunday.

Dec 27, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) looks on from the sidelines after being benched against the Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The exit of Dwayne Haskins could serve as a blessing in disguise for Washington. With Jalen Hurts and the Eagles low in confidence, Ron Rivera’s boys will back themselves to end the season on a high. Do we hear ‘Alex Smith for NFL Comeback Player of the Year’ chants already? We’ll find out soon enough.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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