The San Francisco 49ers offseason is only 13 days old, but with 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith, you would think the season never ended. The player that set the 49ers single-season franchise record for sacks (19.5), Aldon has found a new and unconventional form of offseason training, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). According to the San Jose Mercury News, two-time Olympic wrestler and current UFC fighter Daniel Cormier will be leading his training at San Jose’s American Kickboxing Academy, as Cormier had this to say:
I’ll get him crazy in shape. You see how he was huffing and puffing? I’ll get him in shape so he can go 10 plays in a row without needing a break.
We lost the Super Bowl, and that’s why I’m here. You lose and you have two choices: You either complain about it, or you train for next season.
The former 2011 first-round pick has been paying huge dividends since being drafted 7th overall. To date, Aldon has amassed 33.5 sacks while recently being named this season’s team MVP. Liked by his peers, Aldon is taking this offseason very seriously, as he took his only offseason trip to San Diego, just days after the Super Bowl ended. No other trips are scheduled nor any off-field incidents for that matter.
Last year Aldon was involved in numerous off-field altercations, including being stabbed at his house, arrested in Miami for suspicion of driving under the influence, and sustaining a cut above his eye during a car accident, right before a game. Aldon insists this year is different, saying:
If anything, I learn from my mistakes. I’m definitely a lot more focused this offseason. I know things to do and what not to do. It’s something I knew. I heard enough about it. I’m good now.
This can not be good for the other 32 starting quarterbacks around the league, as I feel Aldon is just scratching the surface of his potential.