On Wednesday, 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith appeared on “ESPN’s First Take.” Of course, the topic of Colin Kaepernick’s Miami Dolphins hat came up.
And you know what? It’s a good thing it did, because Smith addressed the issue sensibly and smartly.
Here’s one take-away quote on Kaepernick from Smith’s appearance, per ESPN.com: “As long as he’s dedicated to what he does and he does a great job on the field and he’s dedicated to his team and he’s a leader for us, that’s all that matters.”
Smith also said this: “When Colin rushes for 1,500 yards, it doesn’t matter. He can wear the team that he ran the yards on.”
Everyone laughed at this, and Smith, himself laughing, then said: “It doesn’t matter. It’s OK.”
He added, “. . . You know, let him have fun.”
Yes. Exactly. Because, as Smith noted, we are taking about a quarterback who’s both put in time and put up the numbers to help his team.