By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Retired Washington quarterback Alex Smith has won the George Halas Award, presented by the Pro Football Writers of America for overcoming adversity.
Smith came back from a life-threatening leg injury and ended a nearly two-year absence by playing in eight games for Washington last season.
The 37-year-old is the second consecutive Halas winner to retire before being honored. Former Dallas center Travis Frederick was the 2020 winner after making the Pro Bowl in 2019 following a year away to recover from an autoimmune disease that attacks the nervous system.