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Alex Smith, the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2020, has joined ESPN as an NFL commentator.

Alex Smith, a retired quarterback who returned to the field last season after suffering a terrible leg injury two years prior, has been appointed as an NFL commentator by ESPN.
Smith, who announced his retirement from the NFL in April after a 16-year career, will appear on ESPN shows such as SportsCenter, Monday Night Countdown, and Sunday NFL Countdown.
He’ll also be a part of ESPN’s coverage of Super Bowl LVI and the NFL Draft in 2022.
“I knew I was walking away from the playing field when I announced my retirement in April, but I was not walking away from the game,” Smith said in a statement.
“As my family and I embark on the next chapter of our lives, this chance with ESPN presents me with new teammates and a new challenge.”
This season, I’ll be contributing to ESPN’s coverage in a variety of ways, continuing my association with the game that I, and so many people, love.” Smith, 37, was voted the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year after returning from a compound leg fracture that nearly cost him his right leg last season.
Smith underwent 17 surgeries to save his right leg, which was nearly amputated due to an infection.
He also got drop foot as a result of having to wear an external fixator on his leg for eight months.
Project 11 was an episode of E60 that covered his adventure.
After he announced his resignation, a second installment of Project 11 aired.
Last season, he helped the Washington Football Club win the NFC East by appearing in eight games and starting six of them as the team went 5-1.
Smith was the NFL’s No. 1 wide receiver.
The San Francisco 49ers selected him as the No. 1 overall choice out of Utah in 2005, and he spent his first eight seasons with the organization.
He also spent five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs before joining the Washington Redskins in 2018 for his last three seasons in the league.
In a statement, ESPN senior vice president of production Lee Fitting stated, “ESPN’s history with Alex extends back nearly 20 years, when he was achieving national acclaim leading Utah to an undefeated season and a top 5 ranking.”
“As he embarks on a new career, we will provide him with job flexibility so that he can get experience on a variety of shows and situations, enhancing our productions and benefiting viewers in a variety of ways.”
In the end, our shared goal is to position Alex for long-term success in this next phase.” Smith started 167 games in his career, and his teams went 99-67-1 in those games.
He threw for 35,650 yards, 199 touchdowns, and 109 interceptions during his career.
He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

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Alex Smith is set to join ESPN as an NFL analyst, according to reports.

Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Alex Smith will join ESPN as an NFL commentator for the 2021 season.
Smith, 37, left the NFL in April after 14 years in the league.
In 2021, he’ll appear on ESPN’s Monday Night NFL Countdown, though he’s not currently scheduled to work any live games.
According to Marchand, Smith auditioned for game analyst positions with Fox and CBS before joining ESPN.
Prior to a five-year run with the Chiefs, he spent his first seven seasons with the 49ers as the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NFL draft.
Smith joined the Redskins ahead to the 2018 season and appeared in 10 games before sustaining a horrific leg injury.
Smith subsequently missed the entire 2019 season before returning in 2020 for his last eight games.
Smith finished his career with 99 victories, 199 touchdowns, and 35,650 throwing yards.
He appeared in seven postseason games with San Francisco, Kansas City, and Washington, but never made it to the Super Bowl.
The NFL season in 2021 is set to begin in September.
The Buccaneers take on the Cowboys at 9 p.m.
On the first Monday Night Football telecast of 2021, the Raiders will face the Ravens.
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