Elizabeth Barry celebrated husband Alex Smith’s 16-year NFL profession on Monday, posting a touching message to Instagram in response to his retirement announcement.
Barry, who has been married to Smith since 2009, mentioned she is “so proud” of her husband, who returned to the league this previous season after a life-threatening leg fracture in 2018.
Earlier within the day Monday, Smith — who has performed for the San Francisco 49ers, the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, and, most just lately, the Washington Soccer Staff — confirmed he could be calling it a profession forward of the 2021 NFL season.
In a two-minute video shared on social media, the 36-year-old quarterback mentioned he’s trying ahead to spending time with Barry and their three youngsters: sons Hayes and Hudson, and daughter Sloane.
“I’m going to take some time to take pleasure in a number of of these walks with my wife, and my youngsters do not know what’s coming for them within the yard,” Smith mentioned within the clip.
Smith, this season’s Comeback Participant of the Yr, returned to the sector in October 2020, two years after he sustained a damaged tibia and fibula. Throughout his restoration, Smith had 17 surgical procedures and practically misplaced his leg.
For Smith’s first sport underneath middle final fall, Barry watched from the stands, the place she felt a sequence of huge feelings.
“Effectively clearly concern, immediately. Nauseous. Not figuring out what to anticipate,” she mentioned, in response to Washington, DC’s ABC affiliate. “He’s labored so onerous to get up to now, even to simply put a uniform on. Overwhelming quantity of delight for him. So proud. He has surpassed something anybody ever thought he’d be capable of do and right here we’re.”
The primary general choose within the 2005 NFL Draft, Smith has performed in 174 video games and has thrown for 35,650 yards and 199 touchdowns and 109 interceptions.
Smith had signed a four-year, $94 million contract with Washington in March 2018, with estimated profession earnings of $189,725,000 million, in response to Spotrac.