Alex Smith Named Comeback Player Of The Year, But It Somehow Wasn’t Unanimous

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Alex Smith was the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year the moment he took the field for the Washington Football Team. After returning from a gruesome leg injury, there was no other logical choice.

To be honest, I wouldn’t be opposed to renaming the award after him.

The voting should have been unanimous, but it somehow wasn’t. Instead, one of the 50 voters decided to give it to Ben Roethlisberger. Yes, his 2020 season included a noteworthy, bounce-back performance, but come on.

This was a no-brainer, and it’s wild that we’re even discussing this. It should be all about Smith and his incredible comeback. Close to 20 surgeries, life-threatening infections that almost cost him his leg, and it took him a couple years to bounce back.

Big shoutout and congratulations for Smith, but we need a name. It’s time for some good ole fashioned public shaming.

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and


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  1. The writer saw this as an opportunity to get attention and have a chance to be invited to sports shows. Many players are more worried about building a brand vs playing…..happens in the sports writing field as well.

  2. It doesn’t surprise me. This is how sports writers are. They never want to in the consensus about anything because they think there’s weakness in that for some reason. It’s the same reason baseball writers never vote in 100% for someone that’s an obvious shoe in. They’re not the best and bright of the human race unfortunately, yet they’re entrusted with interpreting and writing sports history.

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