Alex Smith's road to recovery since his gruesome compound leg fracture in November 2018 has been a slow and careful one. Now the Washington Redskins QB's odds are shortening to win the Comeback Player Of The Year award, with Smith now available at 7/1!
The former 49ers and Chiefs, and one-time first overall pick, quarterback's progress has been documented in ESPN's new documentary Project 11. When Smith went down in the third quarter against the Texans it was obvious his season was over, but we didn't realise initially that it was just the season in danger.
Alex Smith was soon fighting for his life as the injury took a turn for a worse, then he narrowly avoided having to have his leg amputated, then rehabilitation.
His survival showed the world that he is a winner but now it appears that Smith wants to go one step further and get back on the Gridiron. His contract runs through to 2022 and Washington have moved on since his injury, first by drafting Dwayne Haskins in 2019, to acquiring Kyle Allen who was reunited with Ron Rivera this offseason.
There remains a chance however that he'd get back to FedEx Field, and oddsmakers have slash the price of Smith winning the Comeback Player Of The Year award, with DraftKings going from 14/1 three days ago to 7/1. Even suiting up and standing on the sideline as a backup would surely be worthy of the award given the severity of an injury which one doctor likened to a "military blast injury".
He's competing with Rob Gronkowski, Ben Roethlisberger and AJ Green for the award, but given what we've learned about Alex Smith so far, he'll never give up and you cannot underestimate his mental strength.