42 Facts About Aldon Smith


Aldon Jacarus Smith was born on September 25,1989 and is an American football defensive end who is a free agent.


Aldon Smith played college football at Missouri, and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers seventh overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.


Aldon Smith attended Raytown High School in Raytown, Missouri, where he played for the Raytown Bluejays high school football team.


Aldon Smith chose Mizzou over Nebraska, Kansas, and Kansas State, among others.


Aldon Smith played for the Missouri Tigers football team under head coach Gary Pinkel while attending the University of Missouri from 2008 to 2010.


Aldon Smith finished the season with 60 tackles and 11 sacks.


Aldon Smith was named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and a first-team freshman All-American.


Aldon Smith surpassed Charles Haley for the 49ers record for most sacks by a rookie in a single season with 13.0 sacks.


Aldon Smith finished his rookie year with 37 total tackles, 14 sacks, four pass deflections, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in 16 games.


Aldon Smith was half a sack shy of tying the all-time rookie sack record held by defensive end Jevon Kearse despite not starting a single game in his rookie season.


Aldon Smith was named Defensive Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Writers of America, and finished second to Von Miller for the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.


Aldon Smith earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week due to his spectacular performance.


In that same game, Aldon Smith tied Fred Dean's franchise record of 17.5 sacks in one season.


Aldon Smith was named to the Pro Bowl and earned First Team All-Pro honors.


Aldon Smith finished his second professional season with 19.5 sacks, 66 tackles, three forced fumbles, a pass deflection, an interception, and a pass deflection in 16 games and starts.


Aldon Smith broke Cedrick Hardman's 49er's franchise record of 18 sacks in one season, which Hardman set in 1971, a 14-game NFL season.


Aldon Smith was voted the San Francisco 49ers MVP in 2012.


Aldon Smith got off to a fast start in 2013, recording 18 tackles and 4.5 sacks in the first three games.


Aldon Smith was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.


Aldon Smith returned to the team in Week 10 against the Carolina Panthers, but in a backup role, and did not start a game until Week 13 against the St Louis Rams.


Aldon Smith ended the season strong, finishing with 34 tackles and 8.5 sacks in 11 games and eight starts.


Aldon Smith served a nine-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse and personal conduct policies.


On September 11,2015, Aldon Smith signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.


Aldon Smith made his Raiders debut in the season-opening loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and recorded two tackles.


Aldon Smith finished his first season with the Raiders with a total of 28 tackles and 3.5 sacks in nine games and seven starts.


However, no reinstatement occurred, resulting in Aldon Smith sitting out the entire 2016 and 2017 NFL seasons.


On March 14,2020, it was reported Aldon Smith was "in the process" of applying for reinstatement from an indefinite league suspension.


Aldon Smith signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys on April 2,2020, after impressing with his conditioning and size.


On May 26,2020, Aldon Smith was conditionally reinstated by the NFL and was cleared to take place in the Cowboys' virtual off-season program.


Aldon Smith tied for a team-high 11 tackles, had his first sack of the season, and had two quarterback hits on Jared Goff.


Aldon Smith finished the 2020 season with 53 tackles, five sacks, 35 quarterback pressures, two pass deflections, and two fumble recoveries in 16 games and starts.


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


On October 9,2013, Aldon Smith was charged with "three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon" relating to the stabbing incident.


On September 20,2013, Aldon Smith was involved in a single-vehicle accident in San Jose, California.


Aldon Smith was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.


Aldon Smith was suspended for nine games for the 2014 season.


Aldon Smith was released by the 49ers the next day as a result.


On September 23,2017, it was announced that Aldon Smith had agreed to plead no contest to hit and run in the 2015 incident in exchange for the DUI charges being dropped.


San Francisco police did not comment on the specifics but did state that domestic violence of a "non-lethal" nature had occurred and they were seeking out Aldon Smith for questioning about the incident.


On March 23,2018, Aldon Smith was arrested for violation of a court order, where he was ordered to stay away from a woman he assaulted earlier in the month.


On June 11,2019, Aldon Smith was stopped by police in Mission, Kansas for a traffic violation and later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.


On December 7,2021, Aldon Smith was arrested for driving under the influence in San Mateo County.