Former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is hanging up his cleats for good. On Monday, the 36-year-old announced his retirement with a tear-jerking video posted to his newly-created Instagram.
“Two years ago I was stuck in a wheelchair, staring down at my mangled leg, wondering if I would ever be able to go on a walk again or play with my kids in the yard,” Smith said. “On a routine play, I almost lost everything. But football wouldn’t let me give up. Because, no, this isn’t just a game. It’s not just what happens between those white lines on a Sunday afternoon. It’s about the challenges and the commitment they require. It’s about how hard and how far you can push yourself. It’s about the bond between those 53 guys in the locker room and everybody else in the organization. It’s about fully committing yourself to something bigger.”
Alongside his remarks are short clips and photos of his remarkable recovery since nearly losing his leg following a devastating injury in November 2018 against the Houston Texans as a member of the Washington Football Team.
Smith also thanked his teammates, trainers, fans and everyone else who helped shape his 16 years in the league. Before revealing his next steps, he smiled into the camera and simply uttered, “I’m going to take a little time to enjoy a few walks with my wife, and my kids have no idea what’s coming for them in the backyard.
A pivotal member of the Chiefs’ rebuilding process during the Andy Reid era, Smith was selected as the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft, playing from 2005 to 2012 with the San Francisco 49ers before taking his talents to Kansas City between 2013 to 2017. He closed out his illustrious career in Washington.
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