After nearly two years and over a dozen surgeries, Alex Smith has earned this moment.
Smith sustained a gruesome leg injury in Nov. 2018 and suffered multiple complications and infections that threatened his leg and his life. And after missing 693 days, returned to play in the NFL this year.
Smith can lead the Washington Football Team to the playoffs by clinching the NFC East on Sunday night with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
In celebration of this monumental accomplishment, Smith’s wife, Elizabeth, unveiled his old external fixator brace, which he wore on his mangled right leg, has been refashioned.
What was once a “symbol of hard times” has now become a “trophy of triumph,” she wrote on Instagram. The leg brace is now a keepsake in the shape of the Lombardi Trophy.
“Waiting for this game and I’m a nervous wreck,” Elizabeth wrote on Instagram.
“I look up at our bookshelves as a reminder of where we have been and the hard work to get to this moment. No matter the outcome, Alex has already won. He has beat the largest challenge life has thrown our way. I am incredibly proud and will be cheering loud. Let’s go Washington!”
Whether Smith can cap his comeback with a NFC East crown or not, his comeback has been a triumph already.
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