Alex Smith wins Comeback Player of the Year

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In any other year, Ben Roethlisberger and Aldon Smith would have solid cases for Comeback Player of the Year. But this year, the award was wrapped up before the first NFL game ever was played.

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.

In the most unsurprising vote for an award in NFL history, Smith won Comeback Player of the Year. The Associated Press announced him as the winner of the official award during the NFL Honors show Saturday night.

The only surprise was one person didn’t vote for Smith, who received 49 of the 50 votes. Roethlisberger got the other vote.

Smith played eight games, and his 5-1 record as a starter helped Washington make the playoffs for the first time since 2015. He missed the wild-card game against the Bucs with a calf injury.

Smith endured 17 surgeries that first saved his leg from amputation and then his life after a severe infection. He missed the 2019 season, but against all odds, returned in 2020 and became the starter in Week 10.

He finished with 1,582 passing yards with six touchdowns and eight interceptions.

“I think it was hard for a lot of people to digest that I wanted to do this, that I wanted to attempt this,” Smith told the Associated Press. “I did get a lot of pushback throughout the entire process. Why was I doing this? This was crazy. There were definitely periods throughout the entire two years of setbacks and when I really would doubt anything like this was possible.”

8 responses to “Alex Smith wins Comeback Player of the Year

  1. Good for him, he deserves it, obviously. My brother was a marine with a similar/worse injury and unfortunately he did not make a comeback, so many people might not understand how bad it was for Alex, and how much he had to overcome. He’s lucky to even be walking at all.

  2. Ben Roethlisberger wants it noted he played through an injury that wasn’t on the injury report.

  3. Alex Smith has been an excellent player but an even better human being. When you consider the turmoil he went through in SF, then he arrives in KC to success. However that turns into a mentor roll with Mahommes in ‘17. He never whined or Complained . He just did what was asked of him and moved onto Washington. No matter what or who was placed in front of him, he remained the best thing in that QB room. It’s too bad it took an horrific injury to become comeback player of the year. Because since he entered the NFL he has been an example of being a true professional and an even better person.

  4. Congratulations and well deserved. Watching that 60 Minutes special was hard to watch what his leg looked like and to play at a high level that he did was truly amazing. Kudos to Alex Smith and kudos to his doctors

  5. This is a no-brainer if there ever was one. Whoever voted for Big Ben should be ashamed of himself. The situations aren’t even remotely similar.

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