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Aldon Smith
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Smith in 2014
No. 48, 99
Position: Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1989-09-25) September 25, 1989 (age 28)
Greenwood, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Raytown (MO)
College: Missouri
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 141
Quarterback sacks: 47.5
Interceptions: 1
Forced fumbles: 6
Fumble recoveries: 2
Pass deflections: 3
Player stats at

Aldon Jacarus Smith (born September 25, 1989) is a former American football outside linebacker. He played college football at Missouri, and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers seventh overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. Smith also played for the Oakland Raiders.

Early years[edit]

Smith was born in Greenwood, Mississippi. He attended Raytown High School in Raytown, Missouri, where he played for the Raytown Bluejays high school football team. As a senior, he recorded 60 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, while adding seven forced fumbles, one blocked punt, and a safety on defense, while on offense, he caught 34 passes for 570 yards and four touchdowns as a tight end.

Considered only a three-star recruit by the recruiting network, Smith was considered the No. 5 overall prospect (any position) in the state of Missouri as well as the No. 27 strongside defensive end in the nation.[1] Smith chose Mizzou over Nebraska, Kansas, and Kansas State, among many others.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Aldon Smith
Raytown, Missouri Raytown 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 4.68 Jul 8, 2007 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 24   Rivals: 27 (SDE)  247Sports: 34 (SDE)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

Smith played for the Missouri Tigers football team under head coach Gary Pinkel while attending the University of Missouri from 2008 to 2010. After being redshirted as a freshman in 2008, he started 11 of 13 games at defensive end in 2009. He finished the season with 60 tackles and 11 sacks. He was named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and a first team freshman All-American.[2] As a sophomore in 2010, he played in nine games, recording 48 tackles and six sacks.

After the season, Smith announced that he would forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter the 2011 NFL Draft.[3]

College awards and honors[edit]

  • 2009 First-team Freshman All-American (College Football News, Phil Steele)
  • 2009 Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year (Associated Press)
  • 2009 Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year (Coaches)
  • 2009 Hendricks Award Watch List
  • 2009 Second-team All-Big 12 (Associated Press)
  • 2009 Honorable mention All-Big 12 (Coaches)
  • 2009 Team Defensive Lineman of the Year Award
  • 2009 Team Freshman of the Year Award

Professional career[edit]

2011 NFL Draft[edit]

Playing as a defensive end at Missouri, Smith was considered a "DE/OLB prospect" by most NFL scouts and was considered a strong edge run defender as 4-3 end or 3-4 linebacker.[4] Many scouts had compared him to DeMarcus Ware. Prior to the 2011 NFL Draft, he was projected to be selected in the mid-late first round by mock draft analysis. On the day of the Draft, the San Francisco 49ers decided to draft Smith in the first round with the seventh overall pick.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 4 14 in
(1.94 m)
263 lb
(119 kg)
35 38 in
(0.90 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.82 s 1.68 s 2.79 s 4.50 s 7.19 s 34 12 in
(0.88 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

2011 season[edit]

Smith with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012

Smith did not start, but did make his NFL debut against the Seattle Seahawks. In Week 4, against the Philadelphia Eagles, he recorded his first sack on Michael Vick. In the next two weeks, Smith would win the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week in victories against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions. After a strong October, Smith became the first 49ers player since linebacker Patrick Willis in 2007 to earn the NFL Rookie of the Month, he recorded 13 tackles, 6.5 sacks including one that forced a safety as he helped San Francisco to a 6-1 record. In Week 15, Smith recorded 2.5 sacks against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[6] He also surpassed Charles Haley for the 49ers record for most sacks by a rookie in a single season with 13.0 sacks.[7] He finished with 37 total tackles, four pass deflections, two forced fumbles, and 14 sacks. Smith was half a sack shy of tying the all-time rookie sack record held by defensive end Jevon Kearse despite not starting a single game in his rookie season. He was named Defensive Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Writers of America,[8] and finished second to Von Miller for the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award [9]

2012 season[edit]

Smith takes on block by Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson in Super Bowl XLVII

After being used only as a situational pass rusher throughout his rookie season, Aldon Smith became a full-time starter in the 2012 season. In Week 11, he recorded 5.5 sacks against the Chicago Bears.[10] The next week, in a game against the New Orleans Saints, he surpassed Reggie White as the fastest player in league history to record his 30th career sack, doing so in 27 games.[11] The next week, against the St. Louis Rams, Smith broke another of White's records by recording 31.5 sacks in his first two seasons. In that same game, he tied Fred Dean's franchise record of 17.5 sacks in one season.[12]

In the 2012 season, Smith and the 49ers appeared in Super Bowl XLVII. In the game, he had two combined tackles as the 49ers fell to the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 34–31.[13]

On the NFL Network's NFL Top 100 Players of 2013 ranking, the players voted him the seventh best player in the league entering the 2013 season, which made him the second highest ever debut and second highest defensive player on the list, both behind J. J. Watt.[14] He was also voted the San Francisco 49ers MVP in 2012.[15]

2013 season[edit]

Smith got off to a fast start during the 2013 season getting 4.5 sacks in the first three games. However, on September 20, Smith was involved in a single vehicle accident in San Jose, California. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. After the loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the third week of the football season, he voluntarily entered a rehabilitation facility, to be put onto the non-football injury list with an indefinite leave of absence.[16]

Smith missed five games while in rehabilitation. He returned to the team in Week 10 against the Carolina Panthers, but in a backup role, and did not start a game until Week 13 against the St. Louis Rams. He ended the season strong, finishing with 34 tackles and 8.5 sacks. Despite his limited playing time, Smith was ranked #33 in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2014.[17]

2014 season[edit]

Smith served a nine-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse and personal conduct policies. He was reinstated in Week 11.[18]

On August 7, 2015, following an arrest for his third DUI, Smith was released by the 49ers.[19]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

2015 season[edit]

On September 11, 2015, Smith signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.[20] He collected two tackles in his first game with the Raiders in the season-opening loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He got his first start with the Raiders on September 27, against the Cleveland Browns and finished with 2 solo tackles. The following week, he earned his first sack against the Chicago Bears and finished the game with a season-high six tackles. He played his last game of the season on November 15 against the Minnesota Vikings and finished the 14-30 loss with three tackles and a sack. Two days later, the NFL issued Smith a 1-year suspension due to his hit-and-run on August 6, 2015. (See Legal issues)[21] Smith finished his first season with the Raiders with a total of 28 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 7 starts and 9 games.[22]

2016 and 2017 seasons[edit]

On April 4, 2016, Smith re-signed with the Raiders. On October 27, 2016, Smith applied for reinstatement.[23] However, no reinstatement occurred, resulting in Smith sitting out the entire 2016 and 2017 NFL seasons.

Following an alleged domestic violence incident, the Raiders released Smith on March 5, 2018.[24][25]

Career statistics[edit]

NFL Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Season Team GP Total Solo Ast Sacks Pass Def Int Yards Long TD FF FR
2011 San Francisco 49ers 16 37 31 6 14.0 4 -- -- -- -- 2 1
2012 San Francisco 49ers 16 66 50 16 19.5 1 1 6 6 0 3 --
2013 San Francisco 49ers 11 34 29 5 8.5 0 -- -- -- -- 0 --
2014 San Francisco 49ers 7 15 10 5 2.0 0 -- -- -- -- 0 --
2015 Oakland Raiders 9 28 21 7 3.5 3 -- -- -- -- 0 --
Career - 59 180 141 39 47.5 8 1 6 6 0 5 1
Postseason Team GP Total Solo Ast Sacks Pass Def Int Yards Long TD FF FR
2011 San Francisco 49ers 2 16 8 8 2.0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2012 San Francisco 49ers 3 5 4 1 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2013 San Francisco 49ers 3 11 5 6 3.5 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1

Legal issues[edit]

On January 28, 2012, Smith was arrested for driving under the influence in Miami Beach, Florida.[26][27]

On June 30, 2012, Smith was believed to have suffered stab wounds when attempting to break up a fight at a party at his Santa Clara county residence. Two other people were shot in the incident.[28] On October 9, 2013, Smith was charged with "three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon" relating to the stabbing incident. The charges were later reduced to misdemeanors.[29]

On September 20, 2013, Smith was involved in a single vehicle accident in San Jose, California. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. After the loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the third week of the football season, he voluntarily entered a rehabilitation facility, to be put onto the non-football injury list with an indefinite leave of absence.[30]

On April 13, 2014, Smith was detained and arrested following an incident at the Los Angeles International Airport in which Smith became belligerent and uncooperative with a TSA agent, who alleged Smith claimed he was carrying a bomb.[31] After interviews revealed that Smith did not clearly state he was carrying a bomb, the Los Angeles City Attorney decided to drop the charges. Smith was suspended for nine games for the 2014 season.

On August 6, 2015, Smith was arrested in Santa Clara, California, for an alleged hit and run after driving under the influence, and vandalism charges.[32] He was released by the 49ers the next day as a result.[19]

On March 9, 2017, Smith was a passenger with a friend driving to Smith's house at 12:00 AM, when San Francisco police department found out both Smith and the driver were under the influence. Even though Smith was not the driver, both Smith and his friend were detained by San Francisco Police Department for questioning. On March 10, Smith and his friend were released. No arrests were made.[33][34]

On September 23, 2017, it was announced that Smith had agreed to plead No Contest to Hit and Run in the 2015 incident in exchange for the DUI charges being dropped. He was sentenced to 20 days in jail. During his sentence, he was ordered to attend a treatment facility, and undergo anger management classes. After his release, he was disallowed from entering any bars or other establishments where alcohol is the primary commodity being sold.[35]

On March 3, 2018, someone called the police from Smith's home and reported that he had consumed multiple bottles of tequila and then bit her wrists. Smith reportedly fled the home before police arrived. San Francisco police did not comment on the specifics, but did state that domestic violence of a "non-lethal" nature had occurred and they were seeking out Smith for questioning about the incident.[24]

On March 23, 2018, Smith was arrested for violation of court order, where he was ordered to stay away from a woman he assaulted earlier in the month. The woman was revealed to be Smith's fiancee. This picked up from a previous incident that occurred on March 3, where Smith pleaded not guilty on four misdemeanor counts,including domestic violence, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, false imprisonment, and vandalism.[36]

On April 8, 2018, Smith was arrested for violations in conditions to his bail.[37]


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