Alex Smith
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Washington Football Team QB Alex Smith got a Lombardi Trophy over the weekend. Elizabeth Smith, Alex’s wife, had the quarterback’s old leg brace made into a rendition of the Super Bowl championship trophy to display in their home. Yes, that leg brace. The one he wore after 17 surgeries that reconstructed his leg and saved him from a life-threatening infection.

Here is how the final product came out:

Elizabeth Smith posted the photo of the artwork on her Instagram with this caption:

Waiting for this game and I’m a nervous wreck. 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.

Elizabeth Smith, via Instagram

Alex Smith is the Comeback Player of the Year

I’ve said it once. I’ll say it a million more times if I have to. Alex Smith is the Comeback Player of the Year. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. They should honestly name the award after him. Not only did he teach himself how to walk again, but he returned to the football field. In doing so, he started six games, winning five of them. He helped turn the Washington Football Team from a 2-6 afterthought to a 7-9 NFC East champion.

Alex Smith’s new trophy artwork is representative of his strength and resiliency in the bleakest of circumstances. He won a victory off the field that was more important than any Super Bowl.

Washington is still reaping the benefits of Alex Smith’s incredible recovery. They host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card round on Saturday.

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