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.
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.
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.