As I watched Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback Kyler Murray scramble to his left and let a pass rip towards the end zone, I was reminded of one of the most famous Hail Mary passes in college football history. The pass I’m referring to, is the game-winning 1984 Boston College miracle, by another pint-sized passer named Doug Flutie. These signal callers actually have some things in common: both passers stand 5’10 and were deemed too small to play quarterback, but both won the coveted Heisman Trophy for their respective colleges, and both overcame their literal shortcomings by winning big games with buzzer-beating bombs. That pass from Murray would be snagged out of the air by his all-world receiver DeAndre Hopkins, clinching the game for the Cards. So, let this be a lesson to anyone reading that has ever been doubted: block out the noise. Whatever your grind or hustle is, keep at it, you’ve got this!
Speaking of overcoming the odds, how cool was it to see Alex Smith making his first start since the devastating leg injury he suffered back in 2018? Not only was the injury considered by most to be career-ending, but in fact, it was also life-threatening due to an infection in his blood. After doctors worked to save his life, Smith began the long road to recovery. It’s enough of a miracle that he was able to keep his life, his leg, and regain the ability to walk again. But to return to the game of football as a starting quarterback? Incredible. Smith didn’t just start, but for the first time in his career, he passed for 300 or more yards in back-to-back games. Another example of staying faithful to the grind and reaping the rewards. Congratulations to Alex Smith, a true inspiration to all.
Now, let’s see if we can help you overcome some obstacles this week. We’ve got three new names on deck that are sure to help your fantasy football teams, and maybe even your card collections. Let’s get into who’s UPNXT for Week 11!