One day after his 2020 season came to a conclusion, Alex Smith wasn't prepared to decide whether he'd return to do it all again in 2021.
In his year-end press conference, the respected quarterback told reporters that he needs to distance himself a bit from all that he went through since training camp commenced in July. Once he has conversations with his wife and his family, then he'll be ready to make a call on his future.
One thing he was more than happy to do, though, was touch on just how much the past few months with Washington meant to him.
"I had so much fun," he said. "To be playing a game I love and to lose yourself in it, it's one of the greatest feelings in the world. You cannot duplicate it outside of here."
That's the second time in the past week that Smith has discussed that particular part of his profession, and after what he's fought back from, it's understandable.
Perhaps before his 2018 leg injury, the 36-year-old didn't necessarily cherish every meeting, every walkthrough, every trip to the weight room. Like anyone who's done a job for a decade and then some, it becomes easy to overlook those little pieces of the day-to-day. He certainly cherishes them now, however.
Should Smith ultimately decide to be a part of the franchise once more, it's likely his role would be as a backup QB. While he was a crucial factor in the Burgundy and Gold's playoff push, Ron Rivera needs more production from his signal-caller.
So, Smith will have to consider that in addition to his family's input, what his body can handle and what he'd do next if football isn't the way. He's clearly got a lot to ponder.
Still, when he finished his thoughts on the topic with the following quote, it was hard not to come away thinking that he, somehow, may not be done quite yet.
"I can't say how much I loved the opportunity to be here a part of this team to get back out there and obviously play this amazing game."