Alex Smith thankful for Thursday date vs. Dallas as journey comes 'full-circle'

Bengals Washington Football
Posted at 11:10 PM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 23:16:28-05

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. - Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith will be thankful on Thursday. Sure, it's Thanksgiving Day - but that's not the only reason.

For just the second time in his 15-year career, Smith will be the starting quarterback in a Thanksgiving Day game. At 4:30 p.m., the Dallas Cowboys host the Washington Football Team at AT&T Stadium. Despite both teams entering with 3-and-7 records, the winner will move into sole possession of first place in the NFC East division.

Smith admits this game won't be like all the others for him.

"For me, I’m making the most of every opportunity each week," Smith said Tuesday. "It’s such a special thing to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. An opportunity like this doesn’t get any cooler than this week to play on Thanksgiving. It has special meaning for me, especially considering two years ago and on the Eve of this game was when everything happened. It’s crazy to come a full circle. I’m excited to make the most of it. But again, there will be time to think about all that other stuff down the line."

On November 18, 2018, Smith suffered a horrific leg injury during a game vs. Houston. Four days later, Washington played at Dallas. However, Smith was not with the team - he was in the midst of 17 surgeries as a result of his broken tibia, fibia and infections.

Sunday, Smith won his first start since suffering his devastating injury.