KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Led by quarterback Alex Smith, the Washington Football Team claimed a spot in the playoffs on Sunday night after a 20-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Smith helped usher in changes during his time with the Kansas City Chiefs and has done the same for Washington, which started out 2-7.
After taking the reins of a team dealing with many on and off the field challenges, Smith led them to an NFC East title and the playoffs.
This all comes the same season Smith was cleared to play football again after a life-threatening leg injury. Smith underwent 17 surgeries and faced possible amputation of his right leg.
Smith spent five seasons with the Chiefs and led the team to its first playoff win since 1993.
With the Chiefs on a bye week during the first week of the NFL playoffs, the team will have the opportunity to watch Smith and cheer him on.
“I’m so happy for him," Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said. "I can’t tell ya, I mean he’s a beast and so mentally strong, and I’m so happy that he has a chance to do this with Washington. They need him and just his stability he’s brought. It’s great for the organization and it’s great for the NFL and for him to battle through what he did is tremendous."
Smith has a 5-1 record in games he's started for Washington.
A lock for the Comeback Player of the Year Award, many believe the award should be changed and named after Smith.
Smith and the Washington Football Team will face Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 7:15 p.m. Saturday on NBC.