Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith

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Smith in 2014
No. 99Oakland Raiders
Position: Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-09-25) September 25, 1989
Place of birth: Greenwood, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Raytown (MO)
College: Missouri
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Roster status: Suspended
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Tackles: 144
Quarterback sacks: 47.5
Interceptions: 1
Forced fumbles: 5
Player stats at

Aldon Jacarus Smith (born September 25, 1989) is an American football outside linebacker for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Missouri, and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers seventh overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Early years

Smith was born in Greenwood, Mississippi. He attended Raytown High School in Raytown, Missouri, where he played for the Raytown Bluejays high school football team. As a senior he recorded 60 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, while adding 7 forced fumbles, 1 blocked punt and 1 safety on defense, while on offense he caught 34 passes for 570 yards and 4 touchdowns as a tight end.

Considered only a three-star recruit by, Smith was considered the No. 5 overall prospect (any position) in the state of Missouri as well as the No. 27 strongside defensive end in the nation.[3] Smith chose Mizzou over Nebraska, Kansas and Kansas State, among many others.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Aldon Smith
Raytown, Missouri Raytown 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 4.68 Jul 8, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 24   Rivals: 27 (SDE)  247Sports: 34 (SDE)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career

Smith played for the Missouri Tigers football team while attending the University of Missouri from 2008 to 2010. After being redshirted as a freshman in 2008, he started 11 of 13 games at defensive end in 2009. He finished the season with 60 tackles and 11 sacks. He was named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and a first team freshman All-American.[4] As a sophomore in 2010 he played in nine games, recording 48 tackles and six sacks.

After the season Smith announced that he would forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter the 2011 NFL Draft.[5]

College awards and honors

Professional career

2011 NFL Draft

Playing as a defensive end at Missouri, Smith was considered a "DE/OLB prospect" by most NFL scouts and was considered a strong edge run defender as 4-3 end or 3-4 linebacker.[6] Many scouts had compared him to DeMarcus Ware. Prior to the 2011 NFL Draft, he was projected to be selected in the mid-late first round by mock draft analysis. On Draft day, the San Francisco 49ers decided to draft Smith with the 7th overall pick.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4¼ in 263 lb35⅜ in10 in 4.82 s 1.68 s 2.79 s 4.50 s 7.19 s 34½ in 9 ft 10 in 20 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7]

San Francisco 49ers

2011 season

Aldon in 2012.

Smith did not start but did make his NFL debut against the Seattle Seahawks. In a week 4 match against the Philadelphia Eagles, he recorded his first sack on Michael Vick. The next 2 weeks Smith would win the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week in victories against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions. After a strong month of October, Smith became the first 49ers player since Patrick Willis in 2007 to earn the NFL Rookie of the Month, he recorded 13 tackles, 6.5 sacks including 1 that forced a safety as he helped San Francisco to a 6-1 record. In Week 15 Smith recorded 2.5 sacks against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[8] He also surpassed Charles Haley for the 49ers record for most sacks by a rookie in a single season with 13.0 sacks.[9] He finished with 37 total tackles, four pass deflections, two forced fumbles, and 14 sacks. Smith was half a sack shy of tying the all-time rookie sack record held by Jevon Kearse despite not starting a single game in his rookie season. He was named Defensive Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Writers of America,[10] and finished second to Von Miller for the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award [11]

2012 season

Smith takes on block by Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson in Super Bowl XLVII.

After being used only as a situational pass rusher throughout his rookie season, Aldon Smith became a full-time starter in 2012. In Week 11 he recorded 5.5 sacks against the Chicago Bears.[12] The next week, in a game against the New Orleans Saints, he surpassed Reggie White as the fastest player in league history to record his 30th career sack, doing so in 27 games.[13] The next week, against the St. Louis Rams, Smith broke another of White's records by recording 31.5 sacks in his first two seasons. In that same game, he tied Fred Dean's franchise record of 17.5 sacks in one season.[14] On the NFL Networks Top 100 players of 2013 the players voted him the seventh best player in the league entering the 2013 season, which made him the second highest ever debutant and second highest defensive player on the list, both behind J. J. Watt.[15] He was also voted the San Francisco 49ers MVP in 2012.

2013 season

Smith got off to a fast start during the 2013 season getting 4.5 sacks in the first three games. However, on September 20, Smith was involved in a single vehicle accident in San Jose, California. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. After the loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the third week of the football season, he voluntarily entered a rehabilitation facility, to be put onto the non-football injury list with an indefinite leave of absence.[16]

Smith missed 5 games in rehabilitation, he would return to the team in week 10 vs. the Carolina Panthers but in a backup role, he would not start a game until week 13 vs the St. Louis Rams. He ended the season strong finishing with 34 tackles and 8.5 sacks. Smith was ranked #33 in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2014.

2014 season

Smith served a 9-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse and personal conduct policies. He was reinstated in week 11.[17]

On August 7, 2015, following an arrest for his third DUI, Smith was released by the 49ers.[18]

Oakland Raiders

2015 season

On September 11, 2015, Smith signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.[19] He collected two tackles in his first game with the Raiders in their season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. He got his first start with the Raiders on September 27th, against the Cleveland Browns and finished with two solo tackles. The following week he earned his first sack against the Chicago Bears and finished the game with a season-high six tackles. He played his last game of the season on November 15th and finished the 14-30 loss with three tackles and one sack. Two days later, the NFL issued Smith a one year suspension due to his hit-and-run on August 6, 2015. (See Legal issues)[20] He finished his first season with the Oakland Raiders with a total of 28 tackles and three and a half sacks in seven starts and nine games.[21]

2016 season

On April 4, 2016, Smith re-signed with the Raiders. On October 27, 2016, Smith applied for reinstatment with his one-year suspension coming to an end on November 17, 2016.[22]

Career statistics

NFL Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Season Team GP Total Solo Ast Sacks Pass Def Int Yards Long TD FF FR
2011 San Francisco 49ers 16 37 31 6 14.0 4 -- -- -- -- 2 1
2012 San Francisco 49ers 16 66 50 16 19.5 1 1 6 6 0 3 --
2013 San Francisco 49ers 11 34 29 5 8.5 0 -- -- -- -- 0 --
2014 San Francisco 49ers 7 15 10 5 2.0 0 -- -- -- -- 0 --
Career San Francisco 49ers 152 120 32 44.0 5 1 6 6 0 5 1
Postseason Team GP Total Solo Ast Sacks Pass Def Int Yards Long TD FF FR
2011 San Francisco 49ers 2 16 8 8 2.0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2012 San Francisco 49ers 3 5 4 1 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2013 San Francisco 49ers 3 11 5 6 3.5 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1

Legal issues

On January 28, 2012, Aldon Smith was arrested for driving under the influence in Miami Beach, Florida.[23][24]

On June 30, 2012, Smith was believed to have suffered stab wounds when attempting to break up a fight at a party at his residence. Two other people were shot in the incident.[25] On October 9, 2013, Smith was charged with "three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon" relating to the stabbing incident. The charges were later reduced to misdemeanors.[26]

On September 20, 2013, Smith was involved in a single vehicle accident in San Jose, California. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. After the loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the third week of the football season, he voluntarily entered a rehabilitation facility, to be put onto the non-football injury list with an indefinite leave of absence.[27]

On April 13, 2014, Smith was detained and arrested following an incident at the Los Angeles International Airport in which Smith became belligerent and uncooperative with a TSA agent, who alleged Smith claimed he was carrying a bomb.[28] After interviews revealed that Smith did not clearly state he was carrying a bomb, the Los Angeles City Attorney decided to drop the charges. Smith was suspended for nine games for the 2014 season.

On August 6, 2015, he was arrested in Santa Clara, California, for an alleged hit and run after driving under the influence, and vandalism charges.[29] He was released by the 49ers the following day August 7, 2015, as a result.[18]


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  18. 1 2 "49ers release Aldon Smith following arrest on DUI, hit and run charges". ESPN. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
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  20. Orr, Conor (November 17, 2015). "Raiders' Aldon Smith facing one-year suspension". Retrieved November 17, 2015.
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  22. Jason LA Canfora. "Aldon Smith formally files for reinstatement to the Raider's active roster". Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  23. "Most Popular E-mail Newsletter". USA Today. 2012-01-28.
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  25. Wire Reports (July 1, 2012). "Aldon Smith reportedly stabbed at party; 49ers: Injuries 'minor'". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
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