NFL community pays homage to Alex Smith following retirement originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith announced his retirement on Monday. This past season, the former no. 1 overall draft pick and 16-year veteran completed a remarkable comeback from a devastating leg injury, while helping Washington end a four season playoff drought.
Smith served as an inspiration on and off the field, which is why the NFL community displayed an outpouring of respect to #11. Take a look:
Frank Gore, former teammate in San Francisco for seven seasons
Gore was Smith’s RB1 for his entire tenure with the San Francisco 49ers from 2005-2012. Gore made four Pro Bowls as a running back in the Bay, and was named second-team All-Pro in 2006. Gore holds the record for most games played as a running back (241) and is the third-highest rusher of all time.
Dwayne Haskins, former WFT teammate
Washington drafted Haskins 15th overall in 2019, partially because they needed to fill the hole at quarterback following Smith’s injury. Throughout Haskins' two seasons in the nation’s capital, Smith acted as a veteran mentor to the former Ohio State signal-caller. Now with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Haskins paid tribute on his Instagram.
J.J. Watt, three-time Defensive Player of the Year
Watt was one of the players involved in the sack that led to Smith's leg injury. Watt always maintained a tremendous degree of respect for Smith, and demonstrated such shortly after Smith announced his retirement.
The Broncos official Twitter page posted a picture of Smith with Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning. Smith and Manning were AFC rivals from 2013-15 when the former was in Kansas City and the latter was in the Mile High City. The moment from the photo came after the Broncos defeated the Chiefs 24-17 in Denver in September 2014.
Ryan Clark, former Washington Safety
NFL Players’ Association
Mike Greenberg, ESPN analyst
The Washington Nationals
Not part of the 'NFL community,' but the Washington Nationals paid tribute to their comrades in D.C. with a heartfelt tweet.