In the latest NFL news Aldon Smith reinstated by NFL. On Wednesday, the NFL conditionally reinstated Dallas Aldon Smith Cowboys defensive end, who had been out of the league since 2015 for violation of the NFL’s personal conduct and substance abuse policies.
Asked about what it will be like to get back on the field after being suspended for over four seasons, Smith said that situation has “played in my head.”
“I think the overall emotion is I’m grateful. I’m really grateful,” Smith said. “… I came a long way. For me to have the opportunity to get back and do something that I love, something that I enjoyed — just to have that opportunity again means a lot. I was able to defeat some big, big obstacles in my life.”
Smith was one of the best pass rushers in the league prior to his suspension, racking up 42 sacks in his first three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. However, numerous run ins with law enforcement led to his release from the team.
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According to Smith, he is sober and ready to put the past behind him.
“I just want my story to spread and help out others,” Smith said. “For people who may have thought differently about me and for those people who always believed in me to be able to say, ‘Wow, this is great.’
Because I believe everybody goes through things in their life, and no matter what they do for a profession, it affects them in a manner that can either be their downfall or it can be something they look at and learn from. I want people to see my story and see it and be like, ‘Hey man, he can do it; he’s done it.’ I want to be a source of inspiration.”
Even though he is now 30-years-old, Smith says he still feels young.
“I don’t have the mileage on my body,” Smith said. “I still feel great when I go to the gym. Still feel young and fresh. So, if anything, I’m looking forward to what I’m going to be able to do out there.”