The Dallas Cowboys made headlines with their decision to sign defensive end Aldon Smith to a one-year deal. It appears he has already started to garner support from a fellow player that has also had to overcome a troubled past.
Oakland Raiders tight end Darren Waller made a major comeback in his NFL career after dealing with his own personal struggles. He is now rooting for Smith to do the same, via TMZ Sports:
“There is beauty in the struggle. Life will always present us with tests,” he wrote. “I’ve learned how to take a different perspective on the adversities of life. Instead of looking at life as a victim, I have embraced the journey as God has planned it, making exponential strides towards becoming a better man.”
Waller touched on how much another chance can serve as a springboard for a potential comeback.
“I feel like he can kind of relate to the same thing as me,” he said. “It’s like once you get that chance again, you realize how valuable it is to be a part of a team—be a part of something that’s bigger than yourself.”
Waller also made sure to offer support for Smith any time he needs it.
“I’m sure he’s definitely got a program in place, people in place, but if he ever needs someone, I’m definitely available for anyone that may be struggling with anything,” Waller said.
It is encouraging to see Waller reach out to Smith as he attempts to make his comeback. After all, he endured his own fair share of personal struggles before reviving his career and signing a three-year contract extension with the Raiders during the 2019 NFL season. His comments are indicative of how close-knit the brotherhood in the NFL is.
Smith has not played played in the NFL since the 2015 campaign. He was suspended indefinitely for a string of both personal and legal issues off the field and is still awaiting reinstatement from the league.
Although Smith may still have a long road ahead of him, he can take solace in the fact that Waller has offered to lend a helping hand whenever he needs it.