Aldon Smith is one of the best stories in the NFL, and no one is talking about it. Smith was out of football for damn near five years. The guy was struggling in life and the Dallas Cowboys just gave him a shot. That shot has turned his entire life around.
Aldon Smith (51.5 career sacks) became just the seventh player in NFL history to reach 50 sacks in 62 or fewer games.
I am going to say it right now, just give the Comeback Player of the Year award to him now. I do not care that it is just week 3. Name a player who has done more already? Aldon Smith leads the NFL in sacks and is on pace to have
Smith is on pace right now to have 21 sacks at the end of the season. That would be one short of an NFL record held by Giants pass rusher Michael Strahan.
Yesterday, the Cowboys came up short against the Seahawks but do you know who didn’t come up short?
Russell Wilson was hit eight times and sacked four times, mostly by Smith. The veteran defensive end, back from nearly a five-year absence that included an NFL suspension, posted one of his best games since entering the league in 2011 as a first-round draft pick by San Francisco.
Smith had four hits on Wilson and three sacks in Sunday’s 38-31 loss, his highest sack total since Nov. 19, 2012 when he had 5.5 against Chicago on his way to a career-best 19.5 that season.
This is an easy vote from me. I love redemption stories, and I hope Aldon Smith continues to dominate.