publication date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 (part of Spring 2021)

category: Sports

clue: This accomplished quarterback earned positive feedback for his dramatic comeback from a life-threatening setback that gave Joe Theismann flashbacks.

explanation: Smith suffered a broken leg in 2018 that mirrored the injury that ended Theismann's career 33 years earlier to the day. Theismann was present at the game and witnessed it. Smith developed a life-threatening infection and his leg was nearly amputated, but he made a full recovery and returned in 2020, in what has been called one of the NFL's best-ever comebacks. more…

intended difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, and Mike Eberhart

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