Project 11 - Alex Smith & E60 - LIVE BLOG

Alex Smith's journey is not complete. The project is still complicated but the road to recovery is incredible.

"Project 11" starts with Alex Smith at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. Alex Smith getting evaluated by medical personnel. 

Then we see Joe Theismann go through his gruesome injury in a similar fashion and with so many similarities. 

After the intro, some of the video that rolled showed Smith in agony and suffering in the hospital. 

Urban Meyer takes us through Alex Smith's evolution from a skinny kid to a No.1 pick. 

Jim Harbaugh says "Alex Smith is as tough as a two-dollar steak." 

The trade to Kansas City is then brought up and Andy Reid, who struck a deal for him, says "I thought he was a great game manager."

After the first commercial break, you see highlights of Alex Smith getting hurt and his last snap with the 49ers. 

Right before that, that famous back-and-forth playoff game with his touchdown sweep run and game winning pass to Vernon Davis. 

Highlights of his early days in Kansas City are sprinkled in. 

"It hurt. It was disappointing," was Smith's reaction to the acquisition of Patrick Mahomes. 

Then the trade to Washington "Thankful for the opportunity" he says. 

3rd/9 - a blitz by Kareem Jackson and J.J. Watt. "The look on his face he knew it was something serious," Adrian Peterson. 

Smith says "certainly it was an unusual sight." His wife Elizabeth says her 8 year-old son says "Mom they're calling the cart." 

Dr. Robin West describes the injury and after that he wound up in the INOVA Fairfax trauma center. 

Smith describes waking up the next day. Doctors describe the surgery and Dr. West says that "the leg didn't look infected." 

"Alex is not Alex anymore." his wife says. He has bacteria in his blood and if "uncontrolled, you could die." 

"We're in life saving mode and leg saving mode, but it's in that order." Smith's Mom relays what she was told by doctors after emergency surgery. 

Dr. Jay Gruden was asked to speak constantly. 

"This infection is eating away at his leg." 

A heart -breaking scene of Alex's wife describing a meeting with Dr. Robin West, who said she would have amputated Smith's leg. Good lord this is tough. 

After an 8th debridement, the infection was under control, but he was essentially missing everything in his leg. 

"Maybe cutting off your leg. is the best thing," Smith says of a choice between limb salvage and amputation. 

It involved calf muscle and quadricep muscle shifting. 

13 surgeries and two hospitals stays, Smith left the hospital for home on January 16th. 

"I'm completely helpless. I can't get up by myself," Smith says. 

He took Dan Snyder's private plane to San Antonio and the "Center for the Intrepid" in mid February. 

Then, while doing rehab, ESPN shows Smith throwing the football and smiling. 

"Football might not be out of the question," Smith says. 

As "Project 11" returns, you see his rehab process and his "bone bridging" 

August 22, 2019 - the final surgery: "Surgery went fine." 

Alex is seen walking out on crutches following the surgery and then returning to FedExField on September 23rd with his wife and Stephania Bell of ESPN. 

"I'm feeling pretty good about the rest of my life, regardless of what happens with football."

You see him running sprints with his kids and then doing some rehab at what looks like Redskins Park. 

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