In the San Francisco 49ers first Super Bowl Press Conference, head coach Jim Harbaugh announced the team’s MVP. With all the big names on the San Francisco 49ers roster like Frank Gore and Patrick Willis, one would think they would be voted the team’s MVP. Not this year, as those honors go to second year player Aldon Smith.
Aldon was voted by his peers as this year’s Most Valuable Player, as he finished the regular season with a franchise-record 19.5 sacks. He made plays all over the field, and in my opinion, supplanted DeMarcus Ware as the best pure pass rusher in the game.
Although Aldon Smith was scrutinized for being held sack-less in his last five games, the players obviously felt he did enough to warrant MVP recognition. Teammate NaVorro Bowman had this to say, during his Super Bowl Media Day Press Conference:
He’s always doing his job. That’s pretty much an MVP. He’s always doing his job, you don’t really have to say too much to him and he’s always producing. When we need a big play, he’s always able to produce that. He’s very worthy of that award.
To date, Aldon holds the record for most sacks in his first two seasons with 33.5, beating out Hall of Fame legend Reggie White.