After 16-years in the Nation Football League, Washington Football Team Alex Smith announced he is retiring from the league on Instagram Monday.
Smith said in a heartwarming Instagram post, “Even though I’ve got plenty of snaps left in me, after 16 years of giving this game everything I’ve got, I can’t wait to see what else is possible.”
The 36-year-old was the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers before being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013, then the Washington Football Team in 2018. Smith made three Pro Bowls and seven playoff appearances, including this past season when he was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
After a gruesome leg injury that resulted in life-threatening complications in 2020 Smith returned to FedExField after 693 days against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 5. He ended up playing in eight games and helped lead Washington to its first NFC East title since 2015.
Washington Head Coach Ron Rivera released a statement on Smith’s retirement announcement saying, “I want to congratulate Alex Smith on a great career. He was the ultimate professional and one of the finest leaders I’ve ever had the privilege to coach. His resilience and work ethic will serve as an example for our team as we continue to build a winning program here in Washington. He is an inspiration to me personally and to the countless others who followed his journey these past few years. I wish Alex and his family all the best as they embark on this next chapter of their lives.”
Smith finished his career with 35,650 passing yards, 199 touchdowns, and a 99-67-1 record at quarterback.