3. Alex Smith - Former Commanders QB
A former No. 1 overall pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2005, Alex Smith played 16 seasons in the NFL at quarterback. After spending time as the starter for the Niners and Kansas City Chiefs, he signed for the now-Washington Commanders in 2018 and led them to a 6-4 record before suffering one of the most devastating injuries in memory.
The life-threatening injury to Smith's right leg almost resulted in amputation. Although most expected him to never play football again, he would not be denied and underwent a lengthy two-year rehabilitation process and returned in 2020.
After serving as the third-string quarterback under Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen, Smith completed his incredible redemption story and returned midway through the 2020 season. Not only that, he went 5-1 as the starter and led Washington to a surprise division title in a down NFC East.
Smith's inspiring performance that season earned him NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors and his return from injury is cited as among the greatest in league history. Something that is a true testament to his resolve, high character, and determination to overcome the biggest obstacle imaginable.