By Ken Bowers
Retired WFT quarterback Alex Smith could be an announcer this fall, says the New York Post‘s Andrew Marchand.
He auditioned with CBS and Fox for a game analyst position and was impressive enough that one source believed Smith had the potential to be on a network’s No. 2 or No. 3 crew.
Smith retired shortly after being released by the WFT in March following an improbable comeback from a horrific injury that nearly resulted in his lower right leg being amputated. His story became a national storyline not just for football fans but for mainstream audiences, thanks to a 60 Minutes profile. Smith’s grueling rehabilitation process was also chronicled in a graphic E:60 documentary.
The 16-year veteran returned to the field last October, appearing in Washington’s Week 5 matchup versus the Los Angeles Rams and completing nine of 17 passes for 37 yards. Smith played in seven more games for Washington, leading the team to five wins and an unexpected playoff bid. However, a calf injury kept him out of Washington’s wild-card playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For the season, Smith completed 67 percent of his passes (168-of-252) for 1,582 yards and six touchdowns with eight interceptions.
Smith also met with ESPN and NFL Network, so studio work also appears to be a possibility to begin a possible broadcasting career.