Redskins QB Alex Smith ‘lucky to be alive’ after leg injury and scary infection

Jan 21, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith sits in the stands during the game between the Washington Wizards and the Detroit Pistons at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith is on the road to recovery after multiple surgeries and a scary infection following one of the most gruesome injuries the NFL has seen.

But as he shared with Jeremy Schaap of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” he nearly lost his leg after going into septic shock, which also nearly took his life.

Smith shared that he is “very much lucky to be alive.”

Smith also divulged that he cannot remember most of a four-week period after going into septic shock, which required “quite a few surgeries in a row.”

When he finally recovered and regained his ability to focus on anything, he had to face the reality of potentially losing his leg to amputation.

Smith’s recovery since that point has been long and arduous, but he’s handled it all with the same poise and dignity he’s shown throughout his up-and-down NFL career.

Last season, he was seen walking without a limp, without crutches. And this week, new head coach Ron Rivera wouldn’t rule Smith out as the potential starting quarterback in Washington this coming season.

What a comeback story that would be.