Former 49ers OLB Aldon Smith details his struggles during his playing career

May 15, 2024, 3:01 PM

Outside linebacker Aldon Smith #99 and teammate nose tackle Glenn Dorsey #90 of the San Francisco 4...

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 25: Outside linebacker Aldon Smith #99 and teammate nose tackle Glenn Dorsey #90 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrate Smith's sack of quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins during the third quarter of the 49ers 27-6 win at FedExField on November 25, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

What is Aldon Smith most excited about at Dwight Clark Legacy Series Thursday? Sharing his story with the next generation of football players.

Former 49ers pass rusher, Aldon Smith, joined The Drive Guys Wednesday to talk about the Dwight Clark Legacy Series and all it entails. The guys also ask Smith about his life after the NFL, his ups and downs over the years, and his mission to help the next generation of the NFL.

All that and more on Sactown Sports.

“There’s this belief that money takes problems away,” Aldon Smith stated Wednesday. “[Even though] because you have money, it doesn’t mean you don’t have problems. And so I went through my share of ups-and-downs, and I’ve just been blessed enough to be able to come out on the other side with a story to tell and experiences that have given me a lot of insight. I’m so happy that I am where I am today.”

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Additional topics discussed include:

  • What is Aldon Smith looking forward to at the Dwight Clark Legacy Series Thursday?
  • What is Aldon’s mission after his football career and why he turned down an opportunity to come back
  • What advice would Aldon give to the 49ers’ 2024 rookie class?
  • Aldon’s thoughts on the struggles of exiting football careers and how the transition can affect people
  • How difficult was it for Aldon to block out the outside noise during his playing career?
  • How has artwork and making art helped Aldon transition outside of football?
  • Have any former teammates helped Aldon with his struggles in the past and present?
  • Aldon’s thoughts on the current state of the 49ers
  • Was sacking Michael Vick more fun for Aldon, or picking off Tom Brady?
  • What does Aldon miss the most about playing in the NFL?

Click here to watch and listen to the full interview with Aldon Smith.

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