Former Kansas City Chiefs and current Washington Redskins quarterback and ultimate good guy Alex Smith has the desire to play football again, even while acknowledging the long road it will take to get there.
Smith suffered a gruesome, season-ending compound leg fracture last year during the Redskins’ Week 11 game against the Houston Texans. He spoke with Angie Goff of FOX5 DC, on The Oh My Goff Show in his first interview since the injury (you can watch it in its entirety above or by clicking here).
#Redskins QB Alex Smith is still wearing an external fixator nearly six months since his leg injury. This is one guy I’ve been praying for constantly. @wusa9 @WUSA9sports ( IG: @WillyPDcrealtor) pic.twitter.com/K084iZ2HZa— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) May 17, 2019
Smith told Goff he will wear the “external fixator” on his leg for four to six more weeks, and that will complete the seven months he has had to wear the device.
“The last three months have definitely been life-changing,” Smith told Goff, “in the sense that I’ve been able to start driving, I can work out, I’m off of crutches. The first four months were really, really hard, just to be in a wheelchair for as long as I was. When you have independence and then lose it—that was the hardest part.”
Alex Smith at day 3️⃣ of OTAs supporting his teammates. pic.twitter.com/vompSPRgxY— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) May 23, 2019
Smith later explained how he hopes to one day get back on the football field.
“That’s the plan,” he said. “That’s the plan. Steps. I’ve got to conquer some more steps before I get there. Learn to run again. That’s a big one. I’m already throwing. I already feel like throwing is not a problem. I feel like I can throw. But dropping, moving around, all that kind of stuff, change of direction.”
As expected, Smith is keeping a positive attitude about the whole thing—something Goff noted.
“I don’t feel that I’m necessarily always positive—people have said that to me before,” he said. “I don’t know. To be honest, I think what has helped me the most with this is just like trying to get through each day. Try not to get caught up, like how far down the line. It’s crazy-looking and it sucks what happened, but at the same time, there’s people out there that have it way worse.”
Smith was the Chiefs’ starting quarterback from 2013-17, helping to turn the franchise around and then mentoring current starter Patrick Mahomes during the 2017 season.
In Kansas City, we’re rooting for him.