It’s been a busy year for former Washington quarterback Alex Smith.
This year, Smith has spent more time with his family while also eyeing his next career move. Several networks courted Smith to be an analyst for the 2021 season, and last week he made his decision. Smith signed with ESPN to be an analyst on “Sportscenter” and “Monday Night Countdown.”
The great thing about his new gig is if both sides are happy with the arrangement, Smith can do even more at ESPN.
Smith recently spoke to Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post and talked about his new career.
“I’m trying to balance this next phase with my family, and ESPN was so open to the fact that they were going to kind of design something specifically for me in that sense, where I could get to do a lot of different things, which I wanted,” Smith said. “I get to experience a lot of different sides of those parts of the game. It was a no-brainer for me.”
Smith worked with ESPN extensively on the Project 11 documentary covering his comeback. That relationship helped make his decision an easy one.
“Every other place was really kind of putting you into one specific role: ‘This is what you’re going to do, and you’re going to do it over and over and over again,’ ” he said. “I’m kind of excited again with ESPN to do a lot of different things and mixing it up and kind of figuring that out.”
When Smith said others were putting him into a specific role, he likely meant as a game analyst. At ESPN, he can be in the studio and expand his role if he chooses.
Smith will be outstanding in the media for a variety of reasons.
As for missing the game, Smith has no reservations about his retirement decision.
“I am so 100 percent with my decision,” Smith said.