Alex Smith retires from NFL a season after inspiring return


Alex Smith announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday.

Smith, 36, returned from a gruesome leg injury last season but was shown the door by the Football Team.

The NFL career of Smith began in 2005 when teh 49ers drafted him as the first overall pick out of Utah. Though a bunch of offensive coordinator changes, Smith found success with the 49ers but was traded away with the emergence of Colin Kaepernick. After five seasons with the Chiefs, Smith was traded away again this time as a budding Patrick Mahomes assumed the starters role.

Smith ended up in Washington before the 2018 season but his career was alterd in Week 11 when his right leg was injured on a sack. He suffered multiple fractures to his tibia and fibula and due to a flesh-eating infection that led to sepsis threated his leg and his life.

There was questions as to whether or not Smith would walk again much less play football but in 2020 he came off the sidelines in Week 5 and appeared in seven other games for the Football Team leading the team to a 5-1 start including playing with a strained right calk in a Week 17 win against the Eagles that clinched the NFC East.

Smith was named AP and Sporing News 2020 Comeback Player of the Year.

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