San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith has had a rough year. He missed five games in 2013 to seek treatment for substance abuse and Smith said on Thursday that he is sober, maintaining that sobriety since September of last year.
That sobriety has had another affect on Smith, helping him get into peak physical condition for training camp in 2014.
“I’m in the best shape I’ve been in, coming into a camp,” Smith said, via Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. “And my mind is probably in the best spot it’s been in. So I’m feeling great.”
Smith had pled “no contest” to DUI and gun charges back in May and was just sentenced in July. Smith was given probation and some work days in lieu of jail time, 11 Mondays to be exact.
While his legal situation is sorted out, he still isn’t necessarily off the hook yet. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could still suspend him and the two will reportedly meet in the near future. In the meantime though, I doubt Smith is losing any sleep over it after watching Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice get suspended for just two games for hitting his fiancee in an Atlantic City Casino.