Comeback Player of the Year: Alex Smith

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Never has an award winner been as easy to decide as this year’s Comeback Player of the Year is.

Alex Smith won the award in September when he made the 53-player roster. The Washington quarterback solidified it in Week 5 with his first appearance since Nov. 18, 2018, when a horrific right leg injury ended his season and threatened his career.

But that’s not all. . . .

Smith played eight games, and his 5-1 record as a starter has Washington in the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

In any other year, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Cowboys pass rusher Aldon Smith could have won the award with their own comeback stories. But Smith’s comeback tale is movie worthy.

He endured 17 surgeries that first saved his leg from amputation and then his life after a severe infection. After missing 2019, Smith was determined to return in 2020 despite the odds.

Dwayne Haskins began the season as the team’s starter, but Washington benched him, and he no longer even is on the roster. Kyle Allen made four starts before a season-ending injury.

Smith is the last quarterback standing of the team’s three original quarterbacks on the 53-player roster.

Smith became the starter in Week 10. He finished with 1,582 passing yards with six touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Who knows what his future holds? Smith is 36. He is signed through 2022 with $40 million owed to him over the next two seasons.

But whether he plays again after this season, Smith is the comeback story of forever.

38 responses to “Comeback Player of the Year: Alex Smith

  1. Well, no kidding. Can we please just name the award after him? He deserves it, period.

  2. I greatly respect Alex Smith as a player and as a person. He has carried himself in such an exemplary way in the league for many years and is a real sportsman. I have always thought he had the ability to win a Super Bowl if he had the right pieces around him.

  3. As it should be. Now, if he can will the team to a playoff win or two…. or even the Super Bowl, he should be not only be comeback player of the year, but MVP of the year!

  4. Smith’s comeback is an amazing story of perseverance. He is certainly deserving of the award.

  5. “But whether he plays again after this season, Smith is the comeback story of forever.”

    Amen to that. Of all the crummy things that have happened this past year this has to be almost miraculous. Kudos to his medical team also, they did a fantastic job.

  6. amaf21 says:
    January 5, 2021 at 3:28 pm
    Alex Smith, Super Bowl LV MVP. book it.


    I don’t think it will happen but it would make an amazing story.

  7. Clearly and unquestionably the comeback of the year. To end the season as the starter and in the playoffs – say what you will about the division but that is a big accomplishment. So happy for Smith (and his family, for that matter).

    Good of you to mention Aldon Smith as well; his return looked like it would never happen, but to not just make it back but play *great*, as he has, is a terrific achievement.

  8. Alex Smith deserves this award 100% and it’s not even close. But you put big Ben, Aldon Smith and others and you don’t put Jason Verrett out there? Dude balled out this year after missing years of football due to him blowing out his knees.

  9. Smith is the only real choice. He would win comeback player of a decade.

    As an aside, now that we have had a season of “The Washington Football Team” name, they should keep it. A football team representing DC should have a bipartisan identity.

  10. He truly is a class act and a great family man that has overcame some devastating odds. I do have to say, he did have a leg up on the competition.

  11. Or…miracle of the year. Despite all the cr@p of 2020, his story gives a lot of folks hope that their situation is not as dire as it seems. The man was almost dead. And, now he’s in the playoffs! Truly miraculous.

  12. There was no comparison, really. The poor guy nearly lost his leg and his life. I agree with the post up above…the award should be named after him.

  13. So the philanthropist of the year is the Walter Peyton man of the year. This award could easily be named after a player and Alex Smith deserves it. Roger Goodell can easily make this happen. You reading this Roger?

  14. He could have died. Should have lost his leg. And in no way should he have been able to play again.

    But he did.

    No, he hasn’t played his best this year, but that’s not what this is about. He played. And he gutted out that game last Sunday.

  15. Are they sure it wasn’t Aaron Rodgers? I’m sure if you go ask Aaron he’ll tell you he deserves that award… Go ask him you’ll see

  16. When I watched the Project 11 documentary I thought “wow – Smith is working so hard and is so determined and his family is 1000% behind him and all those Wounded Warriors are behind him and this is so amazing and if anybody can do it…but there’s no way he will ever play again.”

    Yeah, for sure: name the award for him. We’ve never seen anything like this, and likely never will again.

  17. No question. I’m sure he’d rather any other award. The fact he recovered without losing his leg or worse is absolutely amazing. I don’t agree the award should be named after him because no one would ever be able to win it.

  18. In my mind. Smith won the award the moment he was allowed to suit up and walk onto the playing field. What an achievement! What a comeback!

  19. First, not one negative comment as I typed this. That in itself is a miracle. But that Mr.Smith endured and persevered thru the agony, the pain, the emotional distress is the true miracle here and add me to the list who thinks this award should now and forever be called The Alex Smith Comeback Player Of The Year Award. I salute you sir!

  20. Nothing but respect. Class act all around and coming back from that horrific injury – just awesome.

  21. Not a Redskins fan, but would love somehow Washington wins the Super Bowl for this guy.

  22. Certainly deserving, but “never so easy” to decide? Ben Roethlisberger comes back from major elbow surgery, hits 33 TDs vs. 10 picks, Steelers go from 8-8 third place to 12-4 division champs. At least he should get a mention.

  23. avpackfan says:
    January 5, 2021 at 3:35 pm
    amaf21 says:
    January 5, 2021 at 3:28 pm
    Alex Smith, Super Bowl LV MVP. book it.


    I don’t think it will happen but it would make an amazing story.

    I think he would definitely ride off into the sunset if it actually happens.

  24. Don’t sleep on TB12 for this award. The man is 43 and nursing constant injuries against father time himself. Alex Smith is impressive but he’s not the GOAT and let’s be honest, it’s his own fault he broke his leg in the first place.

  25. One of the most decent gentlemen I ever had the chance to meet. I met him at a Capitals game in DC…still in a lot of pain…a mass of metal in his leg, wired in the set the bones straight….obviously in pain…but still there to cheer on the Capitals. And the Wizards, and the Nationals too. The teams in the District always seem to be there for each other, and of course sports fans in the District are among the best. We had parades in 2018 and 2019 for the Stanley Cup and Worlds Series, over a Million in attendance…and not a single arrest, injury, death, or incident of property damage. (Sadly the same can’t be said about the political folks).

    We are darned lucky to have someone like Alex representing the DMV.

  26. The one good thing to come out of the Pederson debacle is Alex Smith playing a playoff game. I cant bring myself to route for the WFT, but i will be routing for Smith to play well.

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