Former Washington quarterback Alex Smith is dealing with some unimaginable struggles in his personal life when it comes to his child.
Smith’s 7-year-old daughter, Sloane, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2022 and things have not gotten better for her. Smith admitted to the New York Times that he’s feeling “helpless” throughout the process.
“It’s different when it’s your little girl and you’re helpless with how terrifying that is,” Smith told the New York Times.
His wife, Elizabeth, noticed one night that Sloane wasn’t using her right arm and slurring her words, so they immediately rushed her to the hospital.
Since then, Sloane has undergone multiple surgeries, as the tumor was found to be malignant. The Smith family is now living brain scan to brain scan as they hope for the best while preparing for the worst.
“You just have no idea what it means. The words brain tumor are terrifying.”
Alex Smith overcame seemingly insurmountable odds before returning to playing football and now he’s hoping his daughter can come out of this and live a long and happy life.
He retired in 2021 so he could spend more time with his family. The news surrounding his daughter came 13 months later.
A Fiesta Bowl winner with Utah, Smith was selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. He spent the first seven years of his NFL career at the 49ers, before stints with the Chiefs and finally in his home state with the Commanders.
Smith passed for 35,650 yards and 199 touchdowns during his 16-year career.
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