The San Francisco 49ers now have two linebackers with NFC Defensive Player of the Week awards this season now that Aldon Smith has taken home Week 11 honors. Patrick Willis took home Week 4 honors after a 34-0 win over the New York Jets.
Now, it’s Smith’s turn.
The second-year linebacker recorded a career-high 5.5 sacks, seven tackles and two forced fumbles in a 32-7 victory over the Chicago Bears on “Monday Night Football.” Not only did Smith have the most sacks in the history of the nationally televised game, he now has the most career sacks (29) in NFL history through 26 games.
Smith’s 5.5 sacks were also tied for the fifth-most in a game since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. Smith is also the fourth player to record at least 5.5 sacks in a game and first to do it since 2007.
The 49ers linebacker continues to shine under the bright lights. He now has 10.0 sacks on Monday night and his 29 career sacks are third-most for an NFL player in his first two seasons behind Hall of Famers Reggie White (31) and Derrick Thomas (30).
Smith’s outlook on his role on the team was recently explained in a 49ers Gameday magazine cover story. In it, Smith discussed his passion for performance.
“I really love playing. I love my teammates. I love the situation I’m in right now,” Smith said . “Every time I’m on the field, somebody at the game it’s their first time ever watching an NFL game and I want them to at least remember me, remember my number and just remember what our team is doing, our defense.
“I want them to see the passion – that we are all about the game because I can honestly say that everyone I play with and everyone on this team really is passionate about football and playing for this team. If they could just get a little feel of that then I want them to enjoy it.”
Visit www.49ers.com/probowl to vote for Smith to make his first career Pro Bowl.
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