Before her husband Alex Smith played in the biggest game since he returned from a gruesome leg injury, Elizabeth Smith shared a photo that showed a unique way to honor the progress he has made.
As the Washington Football Team waited to play the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL season finale Sunday, a win-and-in situation for Washington, Elizabeth Smith posted an image to her Instagram page that showed Alex Smith's external fixator fashioned into the Lombardi Trophy.
The fixator was a bulky brace used to stabilize the compound leg fracture he suffered during a November 2018 game against the Houston Texans, breaking his tibia and fibula. Smith underwent 17 surgeries after he contracted an infection that he later said seriously threatened his life.
Washington Football Team's Alex Smith plays during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton) (Photo: The Associated Press)
"Waiting for this game and I’m a nervous wreck," Elizabeth Smith wrote in the post. "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!
"Special thanks to @coldhardart for transforming a symbol of hard times to a trophy of triumph we can proudly put on our shelves."
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Washington would go on to win Sunday night's game, clinching the NFC East title and a spot in the playoffs. In the game, Smith completed 22 of 32 passes for 162 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Smith originally started the season on the physically unable to perform list before he was activated in the middle of August. He then started the year on the bench, but eventually made his way onto the field and returned in a Week 5 loss against the Rams after starter Kyle Allen suffered an injury.
Smith eventually became the team's starter after Allen dislocated his ankle and required surgery, an injury that ended his season.
In eight games this season, Smith completed 66.67% of his passes for 1,582 yards, with six touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Washington hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday in its wild card round playoff game.
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