Necessary Roughness

Necessary Roughness: Alex Smith’s return to the field should be a bright spot in an otherwise grim off-season

There have been a lot of negative storylines surrounding the Washington Football Team lately, but the comeback of Alex Smith isn’t one of them.

Washington has 99 problems, but Alex Smith ain’t one.

Ok, that was lame. I apologize. But with everything going on with the Washington Football Team, from sexual harassment allegations to the controversy around the former name, the Redskins, Alex Smith may be the only positive thing in Washington. On Sunday, the Washington Football Team moved Alex Smith from the PUP list, clearing him for all football activities.

Head Coach Ron Rivera spoke about Smith’s return to the field and the impact that it will have on the team going forward.

“I think this is a guy that becomes part of our equation,” Rivera said. “I mean it’s the truth of the matter is that he’ll be part of a competition going forward.”

Alex Smith’s family was eager to celebrate the news as well, as his wife Elizabeth shared on Instagram.

Smith suffered a compound fracture to his tibia and fibula back in week 11 of the 2018 season. After the initial surgery, his leg became infected and it took 16 more surgeries to get the issue under control. There was a real concern that Smith could not only lose his leg but possibly his life. Alex Smith’s battle with the infection was the basis of the documentary “Project 11” which aired on ESPN.

Now, 21 months later, the former Kansas City Chief will be competing against Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen to be the team’s starting quarterback. His comeback is truly amazing and one that not only Washington needs, but one the NFL needs as well.

The NFL hasn’t had the best offseason either. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entire sports world and not in a positive way. The Kansas City Chiefs decided that they will limit capacity to 22% at home games. I’m sure more teams will follow suit.

The league has seen 67 players opt out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. The news of Alex Smith’s heroic journey to step back onto the field couldn’t have come at a better time.

As a Chiefs fan, I am 100 percent rooting for Alex Smith’s success. He is a big reason for the Chiefs’ turnaround after the 2012 season. He was one of the most accurate quarterbacks the Chiefs have had. He holds Chiefs career franchise records in highest completion percentage, rushing yards by a quarterback, rushing touchdowns by a quarterback, and lowest interception percentage.

It has been noted that he played a large part in grooming Patrick Mahomes into the quarterback that he is today. Chiefs fans owe a lot to Alex Smith and we wish him all the best in his return to football.

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