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49ers name Aldon Smith their team MVP

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The 49ers are in the Super Bowl, and no player had more to do with that than outside linebacker Aldon Smith.

At least, that’s the opinion of Smith’s teammates and coaches: 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed today that a Most Valuable Player vote was taken of all the team’s players and coaches, and Smith was the winner.

Smith was second in the NFL during the regular season with 19.5 sacks, and he also had an interception and three forced fumbles. There’s been some talk that Smith has declined lately, with no sacks in his last five games, but Harbaugh dismissed that. In fact, Harbaugh said he gave Smith a game ball for his NFC Championship Game performance against the Falcons, in which he didn’t have any sacks but did have several pressures and a fumble recovery.

When Smith was asked this afternoon whom he voted for team MVP, he gave a surprising answer: Randy Moss.

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24 Responses to “49ers name Aldon Smith their team MVP”
  1. stealthjunk says: Jan 28, 2013 5:33 PM

    Considering that Aldon Smith has been pathetic without Justin Smith, doesn’t that almost by definition make Justin more valuable than his Smith brethren?

  2. willbow5253 says: Jan 28, 2013 5:36 PM

    Tough to argue that choice. Would love to see him as SB MVP as well.

  3. novanation33 says: Jan 28, 2013 5:43 PM

    Justin Smith.

  4. racerp194 says: Jan 28, 2013 5:48 PM

    Ravens fan here, the 49ers have a whole defense full of mvp’s. No surprise they are in the superbowl. Here’s to a great game on sunday!

    GO RAVENS!!!!!!!!

  5. nineroutsider says: Jan 28, 2013 5:51 PM

    Smith hasn’t only been “pathetic” in the sack department because of Justin’s injury; he has been in coverage far more over the last 5-6 games. Pay attention to him during some of the replays (we can’t view “film”), but you will see him in coverage a lot more now. He is an all around 3-4 OLB, so he does much more than just pressure the QB.

    This locker room absolutely loves Randy Moss, genuinely. If he makes a big in this game watch the sideline erupt.

  6. lesliedevereaux says: Jan 28, 2013 5:58 PM

    All he does is rush the passer. The MVP should’ve been a multi-dimensional player.

  7. greenejoemean says: Jan 28, 2013 6:00 PM

    I got a feeling he is going to have a huge game.

  8. futbodevil says: Jan 28, 2013 6:05 PM

    Love Aldon, but clearly Justin Smith should have been the MVP of this team. Aldon has been non-existant since Justin Smith was out. I can understand if you’re not always able to get to the QB, but he’s not even making an impact in the game anymore. That’s a problem.

    How about showing the O-Line some love? They definately stepped up this season. Joe Staley, Alex Boone & Mike Iupati both deserve some credit.

  9. jibberator says: Jan 28, 2013 6:10 PM

    I like his Moss pick, I think he has had a lot of impact in the locker room and leading the team by example other than making THEM PLAYS every game.

  10. deathonwings410 says: Jan 28, 2013 6:23 PM

    McKinnie will stone wall him. Sizzle will have 2-3 sacks. Book it!

  11. raiderapologist says: Jan 28, 2013 6:26 PM

    Wrong Smith.

  12. truninerfan49 says: Jan 28, 2013 6:27 PM

    19.5 sacks is great, but Justin Smith is the team MVP. The defense fell apart after he got hurt in the New England game and Aldon didnt have a sack while Justin was out. The Niners could get bye without Aldon, but they clearly couldnt get bye without Justin

  13. truninerfan49 says: Jan 28, 2013 6:28 PM

    19.5 sacks is great, but Justin Smith is the team MVP. The defense fell apart after he got hurt in the New England game and Aldon didnt have a sack while Justin was out. The Niners could get bye without Aldon, but they clearly couldnt get bye without Justin Smith.

  14. houstontexans99 says: Jan 28, 2013 6:33 PM

    Justin Smith does the dirty work so Aldon can clean up. Co-MVPs

  15. srcnsd says: Jan 28, 2013 6:37 PM

    Their team MVP is Justin Smith. That defense does not work without him.

    Look what happened in the Pats game when he left the lineup with an injury. Look at Aldon Smith’s lack of pass rush production in the last four games, when Justin Smith saw limited playing time. Look at how many yards the secondary gives up when they’re exposed because the QB has so much more time in the pocket without Smith crushing it.

    They’re going to have a much tougher time in the Super Bowl if he can’t play four quarters.

  16. golforepar says: Jan 28, 2013 6:40 PM

    I have been waiting for this for weeks (yawn)!

  17. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 28, 2013 6:46 PM

    Crabs shoulda got that, if it wernt for that incident, he should sue!! Lol anyway dont sue but yeah they are all mvp candidates in my book!

  18. reasonablemindsays says: Jan 28, 2013 6:50 PM

    Of course the clowns on this site would prefer Justin Smith over Aldon Smith.

  19. hendeeze says: Jan 28, 2013 7:03 PM

    Aldon may have gotten no sacks while Justin has been out. But he has been taking on the double team. Ray Mcdonald has 2 sacks, Sopoaga, Ricky Jean and Brooks all have a sack a piece during Justin’s absence.

  20. psilenttype says: Jan 28, 2013 7:30 PM

    People play into the sacks stat too much he has been getting pressure and allowing others on the line to get sacks

  21. lokm88 says: Jan 28, 2013 8:01 PM

    I’m a Rams fan, but like to see the love for the great Smith Brothers from Mizzou!

  22. brassknuckles47 says: Jan 28, 2013 8:13 PM

    How many freakin’ Smith’s do they have on that team…?

  23. macklinr61 says: Jan 28, 2013 9:44 PM

    All ballots that said A. Smith were counted for Aldon. In reality most every player meant Alex not Aldon, Smith. Harbaugh read the ballots and thought it would make him look like a jerk. So he announced Aldon not Alex as the MVP.

  24. true9erfan66 says: Jan 28, 2013 9:49 PM

    Wow!!!
    All I can say is a lot of you people who comment know really nothing about football. Really not trying to be rude but. Saying all
    A. Smith does is rush really!!! Do you watch the games at all? He is out in pass coverage a lot he also is good not great yet but good at stuffing the run. He really covers a lot watch the game or at least him specifically. He is the Best yes the best OLB in game because not only does he cause pressure every time he rushes watch he pressures every time he is a fingernail away. But who he covers hardly ever catches The ball. Plus this is his first season of playing full time. Watch out next year wheb he has a full year of starting and covering under his belt. So all I’m saying is watch him before you guys say comments that make no sense. Plus I will say my bad right now Suggs is the best OLB but smith will be and he is very close right now.

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