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Two years ago, Alex Smith made it home from the hospital in time for Christmas after nearly losing his leg after suffering a compound fracture during a game in November 2018. Tonight he’ll start for the Washington Football Team against the Eagles with a home playoff game on the line.
His wife, Elizabeth, is at home looking at a Lombardi Trophy created out of the brace Alex wore on his leg that serves as a reminder that no matter what happens tonight, this season has been incredibly special.
“Waiting for this game and I’m a nervous wreck. I look up at our bookshelves as a reminder of where we have been and the hard work to get to this moment,” Elizabeth Smith wrote on Instagram. “No matter the outcome, Alex has already won. He has beat the largest challenge life has thrown our way. I am incredibly proud and will be cheering loud. Let’s go Washington!
“Special thanks to @coldhardart for transforming a symbol of hard times to a trophy of triumph we can proudly put on our shelves.”
“Might be one of the most unique projects to be part of turning a leg stabilizer into a symbol of strength and determination,” artist Thomas Patsis said of the brace he turned into the Lombardi for the Smith family.
Smith was 4-1 after taking over for Dwayne Haskins as the WFT starter before suffering a leg injury on the same leg that was saved by doctors. Doctors called it a calf injury and Smith said it was not related to his broken leg.
The Football Team left camp in August with Smith as the third-string quarterback and people afraid he’d hurt his leg again. Now the opening day starter has been released and the 2020 Comeback Player of the Year is four quarters away from adding to his future best-selling biography.