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Ronnie Lott worried about Aldon Smith “as an individual”

Ronnie Lott, Rich Gannon, Bruce Murray AP

Former 49ers safety Ronnie Lott was walking through Los Angeles International Airport Sunday when he noticed the commotion.

He didn’t realize at the time it was 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith, being arrested for making a false bomb threat.

Lott, the face of the 49ers defense for a decade, said his concern for Smith goes beyond football.

“I felt bad for him,” Lott said, via Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News. “He’s got so much ahead of him as a person. Forget football — as a person.

I’m worried about him as an individual, . . . I’m sure that the people that are working with him with the 49ers will do a good job. They have very good people.”

Lott was the kind of person who would have worked with Smith at some point. Former teammate Roger Craig said Lott would call team meetings in response to off-field problems, and Lott said Smith clearly needs something to get back on track.

“I’m always amazed because you work so hard to get there [to the NFL],” Lott said. “But once you’re there, you have to figure out how to do more: You have other responsibilities. Now that you’re there, you have to be responsible.”

Someone in the 49ers locker room might have been sharing that message with Smith before. With as many incidents as he’s had, there have been opportunities.

That makes you wonder if he’d listen, even if it was a player as respected as Lott doing the talking.

 

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21 Responses to “Ronnie Lott worried about Aldon Smith “as an individual””
  1. fdugrad says: Apr 15, 2014 10:37 AM

    Substance abuse has rendered Smith deaf when it comes to advice from mates. He needs professional, in-patient treatment and LONG TERM follow-up professional counseling. If Niners’ front office cares about him as a person, then Smith will receive this kind of program.

  2. jayniner says: Apr 15, 2014 10:43 AM

    Coming from a man that cut off his finger during a game in order to get back out on the field and finish the game.

    You might want to shut your mouth and take note, Aldon.

  3. mmsierra says: Apr 15, 2014 10:45 AM

    Ronnie Lott was a Hall of Fame player
    He’s also a Hall of Fame person

  4. somethinghappeninghere says: Apr 15, 2014 11:41 AM

    When word gets out that Aldon Smith bullied Jonathan Martin, let me know…

  5. sportnorcal says: Apr 15, 2014 11:44 AM

    Ronnie was, and is, a Legend of the game.
    Great man on and off the field.

    One of the fiercest men to ever suit up and yet always remained humble and respectful of other players and the game.

  6. sharks123 says: Apr 15, 2014 11:46 AM

    Recovery is a long road. This airport incident is not surprising whatsoever. You could say that making a stupid bomb threat is progress over drunk driving and recklessly shooting guns at a party. Not saying I’d pat him on the back about it. Lott’s finger was cut off after the season, not during a game. I’ll second the hall of fame person line from earlier. Wish he was more involved with the 49ers. Amazing leader.

  7. r8rsfan says: Apr 15, 2014 12:07 PM

    It was the tip of Lott’s finger, and legend has it he did cut the dangling end off so he could finish the game. Had the rest amputated later. Either way, he’s the living embodiment of toughness – physically, emotionally and mentally.

  8. daytonaken says: Apr 15, 2014 12:13 PM

    Good for Ronnie!

  9. aldavis4president says: Apr 15, 2014 12:14 PM

    Harbough has rly coached up a different brand of niner football compared to the days of Lott, Craig, Montana young rice etc etc. In other words, went from class, to trash.

  10. kamthechancellor says: Apr 15, 2014 12:28 PM

    Sadly, I don’t think Smith even cares who Ronnie Lott is. I’d be surprised if he did.

  11. 49erfan44 says: Apr 15, 2014 12:28 PM

    Ronnie Lott is the man. Aldon would be wise to listen to a true legend of the team and the sport. Few players in today’s game represent the their respective team and the league like players from the Lott era do. Smarten up kid. Get help and get back.

  12. bnwillard says: Apr 15, 2014 12:33 PM

    When a jerk like Ronnie Lott says he’s worried about you – youve got bigtime problems.

  13. pacificnw7722 says: Apr 15, 2014 12:37 PM

    This kid NEEDS LONG TERM in-patient treatment. The 49ers just want him to suit up…….

  14. melikefootball says: Apr 15, 2014 1:17 PM

    Ronnie you are a class act but you should push for jail time as anyone else would get under similar circumstances.

  15. salmen76 says: Apr 15, 2014 1:26 PM

    “Some men you just can’t reach”! “That’s the way he wants it, so that’s the way he gets it”! These are 2 famous quotes from the prison warden in the Classic movie ‘Cool Hand Luke’. They sum up Aldon Smith rather well. Geaux Saints!

  16. thatstinks says: Apr 15, 2014 1:55 PM

    Ronnie Lott was no Scott Case .

  17. omeimontis says: Apr 15, 2014 2:02 PM

    I share Lott’s sentiments. You hate to see a person get into trouble the way he did for no good reason and in the process ruin his life. Football is just a job, and he has a lot of life to live after football. Getting himself into trouble over these small things, like being asked to be searched inside an airport, is not worth it and not a good sign.

  18. thatstinks says: Apr 15, 2014 2:19 PM

    I kid about the Scott Case comment but the thing to me that is alarming is the recklessness of the alleged crimes . Getting hammered and driving to practice and being involved in a bomb threat are well beyond being negligent .

  19. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 15, 2014 2:24 PM

    Where there’s smoke… there’s a harbaugh.

    SEE: ray rice
    SEE: jah reed
    SEE: aldon smith
    SEE:chris culliver
    SEE: daniel kilgore
    SEE: richard sherman
    SEE: colin karpernick
    SEE: deonte thompson

    ETC..

  20. whodeylifer says: Apr 15, 2014 4:59 PM

    cut him. We’ll take him. We have the locker room to get his head right.

  21. robertbayard says: Apr 16, 2014 4:33 PM

    Ronnie Lott was and is the best on and off the field. I believe the 49’ers left him and Montana and Rice go play their last few seasons for other teams. Now the 49’ers have players like Aldon Smith, Chris Culliver , Colin Kaepernick, Quinton Patton, Daniel Kilgore, Perrish Cox, and more. I remember when this was a franchise with pride and class. Looks more like a band of pirates. Good Luck Santa Clara.

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