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NFL quarterback Alex Smith is a fighter. The former first overall winner, who suffered a broken leg in a game against the Houston Texans in November 2018, is on the mend and looks stronger than ever in a recent workout.
His wife Elizabeth Smith shared an inspiring birthday message on Instagram, including a video that shows Alex’s recent training. The 36-year-old QB went beyond rehab exercises and did exercises at full speed on a soccer field.
"Last week we were overwhelmed with love, support and sweet messages. We cannot thank you enough. # Project11 has been a look back over the past 18 months (mostly Alex refused to give up). I am in awe of it his persistence every day. He is getting stronger and refuses to give up … forever grateful, "she said in the post.
The video shows Smith working on his passport, doing footwork and speed exercises between two pegs while grabbing a pigskin and wearing braces that completely cover his right leg. He makes some impressive passes for his sons and goes through some pocket escape exercises where his mobility looks almost perfect.
Smith's Journey to Recovery was documented in a documentary E60 entitled "Project 11" which debuted on ESPN earlier this month.
The program documented Smith's career from high school recruits to the NFL, but focused most on the consequences of his injury and the 18-month recovery rehabilitation journey, including some rather gnarly, invisible photos of his leg injury.
Smith's recovery included 17 surgeries, including struggles with post-surgery infections that almost forced doctors to amputate his leg. He has had countless hours of rehabilitation, which he has also carried out with injured military veterans.
If the NFL starts on schedule this year, Smith could be closer to coming back than anyone would have expected. The star has expressed his desire to play again – and the way he moves around the field could just do it.