Aldon Smith thinks he can be the same player and a “better person”

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Aldon Smith has been reinstated to the NFL after a long substance abuse suspension, and despite a nearly five-year layoff, he says he can still be the All-Pro he once was.

Smith told TMZ.com that he sees no reason he can’t be the guy on the field who had 19.5 sacks in 2012, plus a better person off the field.

I’m an overall better person,” he said. “I got 20 sacks — or 19.5, I say 20 because it was 20 — but, I was able to play at a high level with a lot of other things going on in my life. With how life is for me now, I’m just looking forward to seeing what I can do. My goal is to pick up where I left off. That just means I always work hard. I always play hard. I want the same thing out of my teammates and I’m sure those guys in the locker room feel the same way, and with that mentality, the sky is the limit. I think as long as we do what we need to do and everybody plays to their potential anything’s possible.”

Smith, who described himself as “extremely thankful for the Cowboys” for giving him another chance in the NFL, said that he feels great at 30 years old.

“God has blessed me with talent,” Smith said. “And one of the talents is my natural gift to play ball, to be an athlete. So, I still feel young. I don’t have the mileage on my body. I still feel great when I go to the gym. I still feel young and fresh. So, if anything, I’m looking forward to what I’m going to be able to do out there.”

Given Smith’s track record, it would be easy to question whether he can really stay on the right path long enough to return to his All-Pro form. If he can, the Cowboys just added an elite pass rusher to their roster.

22 responses to “Aldon Smith thinks he can be the same player and a “better person”

  1. Hopefully, he can do it. He did some great things in SF before he was derailed. Go Aldon, get those 20 sacks, and run back to the bench after each one (loved that) — just don’t sack Jimmy G.

  2. He is a monster with rare God giving talents. And I agree 30 is no longer old in the NFL but him being away keeping his body fresh and from taken a beating only serves him well. He will play like he is only 25 and by the second half of the season he will have his football legs back, im seeing 8 – 12 sack EASY! Quarterbacks facing the Cowboys defense will be considered an endangered species.

  3. “iven Smith’s track record, it would be easy to question whether he can really stay on the right path long enough to return to his All-Pro form.”

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    I just hope he does. I don’t root for people to fail. Life is too long to be condemned by 30 for the rest of it. If he can get right – double high fives. If not that too is his choice and he will once again have ruined a huge opportunity.

  4. As a raiders fan I wish this guy could have figured it out when we signed him totally thought he was finally turning a corner and bam right back to suspension

  5. He has had some off field troubles for sure. But anyone who is rooting for a guy to not be able to turn his life around is simply a bad person.

  6. It would take no effort to be a better person. Smith just doesn’t have any reason to be back. He’s had more chances to showcase improvement. I get it. Maybe he’s turned his life around. Good for him. That does not mean he should be back in the NFL. He should live life like the rest of us where he can prove he’s a man and not some stupid excuse for birth.

  7. For some nothing will be good enough for him. They will root for his failure. I would rather see him succeed and be a contributor for good will.

  8. @objectivefbfan says:
    May 21, 2020 at 10:27 am
    I just hope he does. I don’t root for people to fail. Life is too long to be condemned by 30 for the rest of it. If he can get right – double high fives. If not that too is his choice and he will once again have ruined a huge opportunity.
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    Condemned? Should he have been congratulated for his decisions instead?

  9. I wish him well but he’s said the same thing over and over and over. At some point he has to prove it and he has proven the opposite. Pardon me if I don’t expect it to be very long before he’s suspended again. He’s proven who he is. Now he has to prove that he has indeed changed. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  10. When was the last time a player was effective after missing consecutive 5 yrs? He also missed 16 games over the last 2 years he did play. Could he come back and be effective? Possibly, but the odds are against it. Smells like desperation on Cowboys part.

  11. I am no Cowboys fan but if the Belichek made this signing we’d be saying how smart it is. But since it’s the Cowboys it’s desperation. SMH

  12. I wish him the best turning his life around (appears he is on his way), and success on the field.

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