Alex Smith Announces Retirement
Smith started six games and played in eight with the Washington Football Team in 2020. He suffered from a total quarterback rating (QBR) of 34.8, the second lowest of his career. During last season he threw for six touchdowns and 1,582 yards during eight games. The Washington Football Team was 5-1 in the six games Smith started. Despite recording career lows in many categories, Smith maintained a good pass completion percentage: 66.7%. The Washington quarterback was also significantly less mobile, being sacked 22 times in a career low for games started.
Alex Smith’s tenure ended with Washington after earning the title: Comeback Player of the Year. Smith overcame the odds in 2020 to return to the field after suffering a brutal ankle injury that ended the quarterback’ 2018 season. Smith’s injury was so severe, doctors considered amputation after he recovered from a life threatening infection in the hospital. Smith endured grueling physical therapy after ankle surgery to return to the field.
Prior to Smith’s ankle injury, he started 10 games for Washington in 2018. He threw for 2,180 yards and 10 touchdowns posting a 62.5 completion percentage. Smith also posted a QBR rating of 46.9. The quarterback missed the remainder of 2018 and all of 2019 due to the ankle injury.
Prior to his short tenure in Washington, Alex Smith played five seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City was 50-26 during that time. Smith threw for 17,608 yards and 102 touchdowns with a completion percentage of 65.1%.
Smith spent his first 7 seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers were 38-36-1 in 75 career starts for Alex Smith. The then 49ers signal caller had a completion percentage of 59.3% throwing for 14,280 yards and 81 touchdowns.
Alex Smith was very productive at the University of Utah. Smith’s record in college was 21-1 as a starter earning the 2004 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year. Smith threw for 5,203 yards and 47 touchdowns while rushing for 1,072 and 15 touchdowns playing under legendary Coach Urban Meyer.
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