Former Washington player Alex Smith joins ESPN as NFL analyst

Alex Smith, a former quarterback at the Washington Football Team, has taken a new turn in his profession as he is joining ESPN as an in-studio NFL analyst, which was confirmed by two people who understood the situation.

The 37-year-old former quarterback is expected to not get a major role on any specific show in the studio. But, instead, the network planned to get him on several shows multiple times a month, and au online casinos will be watching his analyses.

The former Washington star took to his Instagram account on April 2021 to announce his retirement from the NFL. Smith, who was a No. 1 overall pick, spent a total of 16 years in the prolific league and got himself three Pro Bowl nods and the NFL's comeback player of the year award for the 2020 campaign.

Smith entered the Washington Football Team via trade from the Kansas City Chiefs back in 2018. He started 10 games before he succumbed to a leg injury against the Houston Texans.

The former quarterback had to undergo 17 surgeries to repair his leg and clean out a life-threatening infection, he had to wear a brace to combat his drop foot for a while. Following several months of rehabilitation, Smith was able to return to the pitch and went on to become Washington's regular starter in Week 10 last season.

Alex Smith went 5-1 as a starter and led Washington Football Team to an NFC East title and a playoff berth. He ended missing the team's playoff defeat at the hands of Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to another injury, which he later confirmed to be a bone bruise.

In March, the Washington Football team released the quarterback, and although Smith had expressed his desire to continue playing having previously visited the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are now under the reign of his former college coach Urban Meyer, the quarterback retired a month later.

In an interview with ESPN's Outside the Lines, the retired quarterback said via "I am ready, and I’m so excited about what else is out there and to experience it with my family and to have no limitations and to take on the challenges that lie ahead."

It was revealed that Smith also had tryouts with FOX and CBS in a bid to become a Sunday game analyst, but FOX chose to hire Mark Sanchez, another retired NFL quarterback. While CBS - who had voided role left behind by the departure of former analyst and retired quarterback, Rich Gannon - are not willing to fill the role.

With his 16 seasons in the NFL, Smith was able to end his career with 36,650 passing yards on a 62.6% completion rate, along with 199 touchdowns and 109 interceptions.