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Aldon Smith Wins NFC Monthly Honor

Posted by Taylor Price on November 29, 2012 – 9:34 AM

The NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November is none other than the NFL’s sack-leader, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith.

Despite having a bye to start the month, Smith led the NFL with 9.0 sacks in three games. He also had 5.5 more sacks than any other NFC defender. Those efforts put Smith atop the league’s sack leaders where he currently has 16.5 for the season.

It’ll be an intriguing end to the regular season for the 49ers linebacker. Smith needs 1.5 sacks to break Hall of Fame defensive end Fred Dean’s single-season sack record (17.5) set in 1983. He also needs 6.5 sacks in five games to break Michael Strahan’s NFL single-season sack record of 22.5.

Smith’s recent stretch of play has been impressive to say the least.

“We’re always happy for the other guy’s success,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said on Nov. 26. “The thing that really gets you excited when you start talking about the history of the game or the history of the franchise, that’s something that’s accomplished by very few people or very few units. Happy for Aldon, happy for our defensive unit, happy for that team effort that those men have done on that side of the ball. It’s really a team thing too, if you were to break it down to its fundamental core. It’s that team that puts you in the situation that you can have that kind of success. Proud as heck, proud as heck for Aldon and let’s keep on trucking.”

Smith will look to keep on trucking in his home state of Missouri this Sunday when the 49ers face the St. Louis Rams. Smith needs just one sack to break Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White’s record of 31 sacks in his first two seasons in the league.

Furthermore, Smith already has 31.5 sacks in 27 games, becoming the quickest to player to reach 30 sacks in NFL history, a record previously held by White.

In winning the Player of the Month honors, Smith became the first 49ers player to earn the honor since Walt Harris received it in 2006.

Smith also becomes the first 49ers linebacker to win the honor since Ken Norton Jr. in 1995.

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9 Responses to “Aldon Smith Wins NFC Monthly Honor”

  1. By truplayaforeal on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Aldon is a beast! Just need to keep him focused and out of Mexican Restaurants on the late night tip….and No more house parties!

  2. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    pay respect to the other Smith………Justin for his success wich he does and it is sooo nice to see our team working as a unit to achieve sooo much ……Harbaugh is moveing the team in the right direction …team work and winning go hand in hand………….Harbaugh for coach of the year ……….GOOOO NINERS

  3. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    and Aldon yes your work has paid off and your skills are becomeing finely tuned and thank you for your contribution to the teams success

  4. By Regina Arieta on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Aldon, thank you for your inspired play. I hope I get the privilege to see you at a Niners game sometime. Tickets are so expensive. I’ve got a bad back and can’t get to Candlestick Park. I’ve seen every Super Bowl (on TV), and I hope to see you and your teammates there in 2013! We have four family members at home on weekends, and love to watch 49er football. Our autistic son even enjoys the games. Keep on playing with inspiration. I’ll pray that you and your teammates stay injury-free…

    Regina A.
    Niner Fan Since 1966!

  5. By 49er-n-memphis on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Congrats young man…. Keep it going. U set the bar so high against the bears. I love to see you guys pushing eachother. Quaterbacks of the leauge BE VERY AFRAID……

  6. By alexfnsmith11 on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    im loving aldon more and more every day. when we first drafted him….i was lead to believe he was some kind of bust or something.but halfway through the season last year,i was certain he was going to be something special. boy was i right. at the beginning of this season,when i heard he was going to play every down,not just 3rd…i said to myself,”hes going to break some records this year” i was right. weve needed a player like him for a very long time.

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  8. By cody on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    he is great. he is elite. he gets the job done. he is a fantastic player. Not much can stop aldon smith

  9. By Flent on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Justin Smith is my favorite player, been following him since his Bengals days, such unrecognized talent back then. Past couple years I notice offensive lines double and triple teaming him all year to keep him out of the pocket. It’s good to see Vic capitalizing on that, now they’re double tripling on Aldon, and Justin is getting some play again. Like Carlos Rogers, you never hear his name anymore, why? because offensives are scared as hell to throw the ball anywhere near him. They’re playing great team defense, and Aldon is a powerful back. He deserves the accolades, but it’s still a team game and he understands that. Hats off to all.

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