Last month, Alex Smith was released from the Washington Football Team after one of the most incredible comebacks in sports history. Earlier this week, Smith decided to call it a career with the NFL and decided to retire.
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Smith indicated that he found that coaching staff at Washington to be “patronizing” upon his return. Despite being medically cleared by doctors, the coaching staff at Washington allegedly put him through tasks such as carrying extra weight and pushing sleds.
“I’d rather have somebody right in my face say, ‘What are you thinking?’ ” Smith told SI. “It pissed me off.”
According to head coach Ron Rivera, he was terrified of putting Smith back in the game. Because Smiths injury was so gruesome and considering he almost lost his life, Rivera was skeptical about letting him back on the field.
“That is something I struggled with every day. It’s unfortunate that he feels we patronized him because I can tell you that was not our intention,” the statement continued. “At the end of the day, I commend Alex because he proved everyone wrong and exceeded any reasonable expectations that anyone had set for him. He not only made it back onto the field but led us to the playoffs. It was a truly remarkable feat.”
In the interview below on the Rich Eisen Show, Ron Rivera discussed a bit further why the Washington Football Team released Smith from the team.
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