Alex Smith is OK with participation trophies

Brian Tinsman
September 27, 2018 - 10:55 pm

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Alex Smith has said and done almost everything right since joining the Washington Redskins during the offseason. Now, during the team's bye week, he may have stumbled on a hornets' nest.

Appearing on his weekly video podcast for, Alex Smith discussed his kids and how he won't be going to Disney during the team's early bye week this week.

Instead, he'll be exploring D.C., possibly enjoying a few date nights, and taking in the athletic prowess of youth soccer. That's when Voice of the Redskins Larry Michael asked about participation trophies:

Smith: "My oldest is playing in the McLean Youth Soccer League. And now he's just getting to the age where he's just dabbling soccer, which at 7 (years old)--god, I thought I had a few years left."

Michael: "My kids did all that. You get a trophy every year. Do you like the trophy, win or lose?"

Smith: "When they're little, yeah, it's great. I mean, obviously, you do transition into a real--my oldest gets the winning and losing. If you hand him a losing trophy, he's going to look at you like 'what are we doing?'"

Michael: "Good."

Smith: "He likes to keep score. He's very competitive."

Good save. Even on controversial topics, Smith manages to play it down the middle with a "shades of gray," measured response. Hopefully, the Redskins will be playing for more than participation trophies during his first season at the helm.


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