Alex Smith’s comeback victory over the now 11-1 Steelers is one of the most heartwarming stories of 2020

Smith developed necrotizing fasciitis , a flesh eating disease, that resulted in Sepsis. This required multiple surgeries to try and save his leg. Doctors recommended that they amputate his right leg, just above the knee, to save his life. However, his doctors decided to perform skin grafts and transfer muscle from his left quad to save his leg.

After recovering for almost a year and a half, Alex Smith was cleared to participate in football activities again in 2020. In week 5, QB Kyle Allen suffered an arm injury midway through the game, and Alex Smith got the green light to go out and play. The Washington Football Team lost to the LA Rams 30-10 but that wasn’t the storyline of the game. Alex Smith played in an NFL game after many thought his career was over.

LANDOVER, MARYLAND - OCTOBER 11: Elizabeth Smith, wife of Alex Smith #11 of the Washington Football Team, and their children watch the second half during a game against the Los Angeles Rams at FedExField on October 11, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. Smith played in his first game since being injured during a game against the Houston Texans on November 18, 2018. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Alex Smith’s wife and kids look on as Alex Smith plays in an NFL game for the first time since 2018.

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