Aldon Smith applying for reinstatement
Plenty of NFL fans would feel weird to hear Aldon Smith’s name once again. After all, the last time anyone heard of him might have involved him getting tied to off-the-field issues. However, it seems like the disgraced linebacker is trying to make a comeback to the biggest football league in the world.
Talks that the former San Francisco 49er defender was trying to make a return to the NFL was discussed by Andrew Ortenberg of Pro Football Rumors. His piece addressed that Smith, who hasn’t seen a minute of NFL football since 2015, is looking to appeal to the NFL office that the ban they slapped on him be lifted so he can try out for an NFL team.
It may be hard for him to get a job as his history makes it difficult for the NFL office to find a reason to rescind their penalty on him. The last time he was in the NFL spotlight, he was turning himself in for a domestic violence charge. Before that, he’s been in rehab and was caught for DUI chargers.
He’s made appeals a couple of times over the past five years, but none of those appeals were ever successful. It’s unlikely that things will change this time around as the league can be so uptight.
However, some teams may be interested in his services as he was a terrific football player before his suspension. In fact, he was a member of the All-Pro Team in his second year until his off-field issues got the better of him. Given that he’s only 30 years old, he might still have a bit left in the tank.
It will be a tough bargain, but Smith’s camp hopes that this issue will be sorted out sooner rather than later. After all, he has so much left to give to an NFL team that would be willing to take a risk on him.