Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith is still on the road to recovery after he suffered a gruesome leg injury against the Houston Texans in 2018 that has caused him to have multiple surgeries and a scary infection in the months following.
The veteran QB joined Jeremy Schaap in the ESPN studios to talk about the decision on whether or not to amputate his leg and how at one point his life was hanging in the balance. Smith also discusses the process he is going through to get back on the football field.
The Washington Times later reported that Smith underwent 17 surgeries.
“I had a pretty serious infection … they had a lot of complications with it,” Smith said.
Smith shared that he is “very much lucky to be alive.”
“The next thing I remember is waking up several weeks later faced with the decision of amputation or limb salvage at that point.”
The decision to save his leg required more procedures, and he was eventually cleared of all infection.
Smith has never wavered in his desire to return to the field.
“There’s enough there that I can go out there and play,” said Smith. “Knowing that, yeah, failure is a possibility … I need to prove that I can come back and play quarterback in the NFL, and if I can do that, that would be great and it’ll get figured out.”
The full interview: