It's been nearly 18 months since Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered a gruesome leg injury against the Houston Texans in the 2018 season, one that many thought could prevent him from ever playing football again.
On Friday, ESPN is releasing a documentary titled "Project 11," detailing Smith's life and ongoing recovery since suffering the injury. As part of the promotion for the documentary, the Redskins official Twitter account sent out a teaser on Wednesday, showing footage of the first time Smith threw a football since the injury.
That moment Alex Smith held a football for the first time after his life changing injury.— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) April 29, 2020
A look at @e60’s #Project11 pic.twitter.com/aqm8QuWeYr
Sitting on his left knee (his non-injured leg), Smith tossed the football for the first time in months.
"I really didn't want to think about football and couldn't think about football for so long," Smith said.
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The moment that Smith first picked up a football again really resonated with the quarterback's wife, Elizabeth.
"To watch him light up; to watch him get that inner drive again," she said. "He kept his gratitude; he kept good perspective. But not so much that drive. But I saw it again."
Since suffering the injury, the quarterback has undergone 17 surgeries on his injured leg due to complications and infections from the initial procedure. At one point, amputating his leg was a real possibility. Smith has said in the past that he's thankful to be alive.
Despite all the obstacles that Smith has faced since November 18, 2018, the quarterback still hopes one day, he can return to the field.
"Football may not be out of the question," Smith said. "Can I go out and play quarterback again? Can I push it that far?"
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