After playing the first seven years of his career in a San Francisco 49's uniform, Alex Smith still has plenty…
After playing the first seven years of his career in a San Francisco 49’s uniform, Alex Smith still has plenty of fans in the Bay Area. If you’re one of them, you’ve probably already heard the news.
Smith’s Washington Redskins season – at least – is over.
Words to the Wise: If you are the squeamish type, do not look at the playback. Just … do not.
In the third quarter of Sunday’s possible defeat against Houston Texans, Smith was fired by defensive end J.J. Watt and defensive back Kareem Jackson, which caused the quarterback to break both fibula and tibia in his right leg.
As Smith writhed in pain with his ankle bent at an awkward angle, it was convincingly clear that it would be a season-ending injury. But in the protocols that followed, weird observation was made:
We have seen this before.
On November 1
8, 1985, Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann was dismissed by the New York Giants Hall of Fame linewriter Lawrence Taylor on Monday Night Football, breaking Theismann’s fibula and tibia in his right leg. Washington continued to lose that game 23-21, and Theismann never played another down.
Guess what Sunday’s date was?
November 18, 2018.
And guess what the final score for the Texans-Redskins game was?
That’s right. 23-21.
So, just 33 years to the day, Smith suffered an identical injury to the one who forced Theismann to retire, and the reddish lost with an identical score. Alexis ben is just like my 33 years since
– Joe Theismann (@ Theismann7) November 18, 2018
Theisman was 35 years when he suffered his injury. Smith is 34. It is unknown at this time how long his recovery will take, and to what extent it will affect his ability to play another in the NFL.
Smith was distanced from the field and immediately taken to the hospital to undergo surgery. As Theismann himself suggested, Smith is not necessarily destined for the same fate as he was.
“If there is a positive aspect,” Theismann told ESPN, “there is so much of medicine that has changed.”
Here’s hope Smith has a complete and fast recovery.