For a guy who has been followed by mayhem all year, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was fairly low-key about the latest episode.
Smith needed a few stitches for a cut over his eye, but was otherwise unhurt in a car wreck Friday that saw a BMW land on its side. The wreck happened when the driver swerved to avoid a deer. Smith said he was wearing his seat belt. The unidentified driver had a “broken back” according to the California Highway Patrol report.
“Everybody’s good,” Smith said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “We all walked away from it. The only thing messed up was the car.”
No, there’s a lot messed up about this one, the latest in a series of things that just seem to keep happening near Smith.
He played every snap in Sunday’s win over the Lions, and that seemed to be the important part.
“Being in something like that — being in an accident — and then being able to go out and have fun and do something that I love doing — it was a relief to be able to get away from everything,” Smith said. “So it was good that I was able to get out there and make plays and get the win. So I was fine. I was fine.”
The wreck comes after he suffered what were referred to as “minor stab wounds” and two people were shot at a party in June, and he was cited for DUI in Miami Beach in January.
Asked if the pattern was disturbing to him (as it would be to anyone, or at least their employers), Smith seemed to shrug it off.
“I’m just focused on moving forward,” Smith said. “If I saw a pattern with a person on my team, and he was able to make plays and play a good game, that’s what I’m worried about. I’m worried about how he plays the game. I’m worried about how he’s helping out this team. I’m worried about the wins we’re getting.”
Smith said the important part was that the incidents didn’t disrupt his game.
“It’s life,” he said. “You can sit here and make it want you want. But really it’s life. I’m in a good spot right now. I was able to go out and get seven tackles and two sacks, and now I’m ready for Minnesota and ready for the rest of the season.”
Life is going to work and paying the bills and picking the kids up from school to go to the doctor.
When people around you are routinely shot and injured and endangered, the fact you had a couple of sacks might not be the most important thing to consider.