Aldon Smith says he’s made “exponential strides” and is thankful for chance with Cowboys

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Assuming he will ultimately be reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell, Aldon Smith will have a chance to resume his football career with the Dallas Cowboys after signing a one-year deal with the team on Wednesday.

Smith expressed his gratitude for the opportunity in a posting to his instagram account on Wednesday night.

Life is good. I’m thankful. I’m blessed. I’m a Cowboy,” Smith wrote in the caption.

Smith was a menace on the field for the San Francisco 49ers during the first few years of his career. However, the description soon came to reasonably fit his off-field presence as well as he was arrested multiple times and suspended on several occasions by the NFL for substance-abuse and personal conduct policy violations. He hasn’t played in the NFL since 2015 after being suspended while with the Oakland Raiders.

Smith went on to say he’s made “exponential strides” in the time since in trying to get things back on track.

“There is beauty in the struggle,” Smith wrote.

“Life will always present us w/tests. I’ve learned how to take a different perspective on the adversities of life. Instead of looking at life as a victim, I have embraced the journey as God has planned it, making exponential strides towards becoming a better man.

“Take this time that we have away from our normal day to day activities and think about changing your perspectives. Focus not on how bad this situation is but instead on how we can all come out of this better people. Let’s work on the things we have been putting off and grow towards our ultimate potential.”

Smith was the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and posted 33.5 sacks in his first two seasons with the 49ers. Add another 8.5 sacks in 2013 in just 11 games and Smith was averaging 14 sacks a season over the first three years of his career.

9 responses to “Aldon Smith says he’s made “exponential strides” and is thankful for chance with Cowboys

  1. Good for him. Maybe he didn’t deserve so many chances but at least he finally learned from his mistakes

  2. I hope he has changed. You always want to see people become better versions of themselves, because that’s truly what we are on this planet to be… The best we can.

  3. I really hope he makes it back. My family on Fathers and Mother’s sides and my generation have fought our addictions. We lose and some win but we never stop supporting each other. I really wish him the best.

  4. He becomes a Cowboy and sudden;y Jay Glazier is pronouncing him good as new.

    I hope for Aldon Smith this is true but something smells fishy here.

  5. I’ll believe he’s changed when he proves it. He’s had numerous chances and said all the right things but now he’s where he is because of what he’s done in spite of what he said about being a changed man.

  6. I certainly wish him luck and continued sobriety, but if he can make the final roster and make even a marginal contribution over the balance of the season people should be more than satisfied with that. Those assuming he has any chance of recapturing a Pro-Bowl level form after missing four full seasons simply don’t understand how unrealistic that is. That’s simply a football-based analysis of his NFL future as personal issues are a separate and different conversation.

  7. Booooooooooooooo. How many chances has this clown had to change? I don’t wish him luck or anything good. He is on borrowed time he didn’t earn or deserve. One screwup and you get a second chance. Isn’t he now on his third or fourth chance? You don’t have a right to play in the NFL. I love redemption stories, but let him start from the bottom and prove he’s a man worth applauding.

  8. Leave it to Jerry to sign another version of Greg Hardy. He’s becoming the NFL poster boy for choosing NFL ability over a players’ pattern of domestic violence/poor judgment. Anything to get that ring right? Who’s next Antonio Brown???

  9. I hope he has his life back together, but I have my doubts that the fishbowl that is the Dallas Cowboys is the best place for him to resume his NFL career.

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