“I’m going to get away and with a clear head sit down and go over everything and make the best decision,” Smith said. “I loved the opportunity to be here, a part of this team, to get back out there and obviously play this amazing game.”
Washington Football Team QB Alex Smith Says He’s Undecided On NFL Future
Jan 10, 2021, 6:58 PM | Updated: 7:06 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former Utah Utes and current Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith said that he is undecided on his NFL future and would “take a few weeks” before choosing whether to keep playing.
Smith and Washington were eliminated from the postseason with a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Wild Card on Saturday, January 9.
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“It’s not the way you want to finish a season,” Smith said a day after his team exited the postseason. “To even be in this situation is something that if presented to me a year ago, two years ago, I would have jumped at it.”
The former Utah great was unable to play in the game because of a lingering calf injury that he suffered late in the regular season.
“I had so much fun this year, to be back in the locker room and on the field to play a game I love and to lose yourself in it is one of the great feelings in the world,” Smith said. “My wife has been through a lot, my family has been through a lot, but that’s for another time and place.”
This season, Smith returned to the field after missing all of 2019 following a brutal leg injury late in 2018.
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“He’s one of the most unselfish players I’ve ever been around,” Washington head coach Ron Rivera said of his quarterback.
He helped led Washington to the postseason and posted a 5-1 record in the games he started.
Alex Smith is a WINNER.
Washington this season:
5-1 when Alex Smith starts
2-8 when Alex Smith doesn't start pic.twitter.com/6Zg8O40C5h
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“No, you can’t,” Rivera said when asked if the team could replace Smith’s leadership. “There’s an intangible that some guys have and possess, and Alex has it. Can it be replaced? Well, you’re going to have to find a guy that has that same type of intangibles, and those guys are special. They only come around once in a while. Alex has that type of intangible, and I think a part of it is because of the experiences that he’s had in his life, the games that he’s played, and obviously what he’s gone through.”
Smith finished the year throwing for 1,582 yards, six touchdowns, and eight interceptions.
He posted a quarterback rating of 35.0.
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