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As He Transitions, Alex Smith Feels The Fans' Hunger To Win

Posted Apr 12, 2018

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith participated in a Q&A session with season-ticket holders Wednesday night, as he slowly prepares for his next stage in Washington.

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith participated in a Q&A session with season-ticket holders Wednesday night, as he slowly prepares for his next stage in Washington.

It’s been a busy few weeks for quarterback Alex Smith, and he hasn’t even begun training with his teammates yet.

Since being introduced a few weeks ago, officially announced as a member of the Redskins, Smith has had little time to rest as he transitions into Loudoun County, Va., and refreshes his career in burgundy and gold.

The latest step in that process came Wednesday night at FedExField, where Smith sat down for a Q&A with 200 season ticket holders inside the Redskins locker room, later posing for photos with just about everyone that came to welcome and visit with their new quarterback for the first time.

“It’s fun to come out to the stadium, get to be in the locker room here and get to meet a bunch of these ticket holders,” Smith said. “To get introduced to the culture here from a fan’s perspective, to be able to sit and hang and take questions and have a little back and forth I think was good. The lifeblood of the organization, right, are the fans. Like I said, they have such passionate fans here and to kind of get a taste of that was really good.”

In his brief encounters – the first of many – with fans, Smith said he could feel the hunger to win from them.

“I mean everybody wants to win,” Smith said. “But yeah, no question, I think very clearly you get a taste for how invested they are as fans. That’s what you want, that’s what you want to play for. Certainly the fans that are in it with you, they want it as bad as you do.”

The night echoed his introduction by the team in mid-March, when Redskins employees had the opportunity to get photos and chat with Smith during a reception that followed his press conference. Tuesday night, he sat courtside to see the Wizards beat the Celtics, and in a few weeks, he’ll return to FedExField for the team’s Draft Fest.

Through all of this, he’s still managing his move to the area, determining where to buy (not rent – “I’ve got no plans to do any long-distance thing,” he said) a house and the right school district to send his three children. He’s also trying to keep up with his personal workout regimen while watching film with head coach Jay Gruden, trying to settle and prepare himself as much as he can before meeting the majority of his new teammates on Monday.

“You’re all on your own at this point,” Smith said. “Really, I think the onus is on all of us as players to take care of our own business. It’s such a decent chunk of time here as we head into the offseason program that you really have to do it all on your own, you have to find what works for you, find a way to get better because we’re on our own.”

Even as he enters his 14th year in the league, a new team and opportunity has certainly invigorated him. It will also be another challenge, as he tries to get as many reps as he can to acquire a level of comfortability. Perspective – doing this kind of major move once before – has prepared him for this moment.

“I think you’re trying to lay a foundation to head into training camp with, not only with the offense but certainly with the guys, especially the skill guys,” Smith said. “This is the time to take advantage of that, we don’t have pads on. We can do the most this time of year. We can take advantage of these days more than the big fellas, so trying to do that. But no, just come in and be myself, be a good teammate, get to work and I think a lot of that stuff with take care of itself.”

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