Mizzou standout Aldon Smith joined the 49ers as the 7th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
In just two seasons at Mizzou, Aldon emerged as possibly the greatest pass rusher in school history.
After being redshirted in 2008, Smith started 11 of 13 games at defensive end for the Tigers in 2009. With 64 tackles and 11.5 sacks, Aldon was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team Freshman All-American. His 11.5 sacks broke the school’s single season sack record held by future 49ers teammate, Justin Smith. After a broken leg sidelined Aldon for part of his 2010 sophomore year, he finished the season with 48 tackles and 6 sacks. With two tremendous seasons at Missouri, Aldon announced that he would enter the 2011 NFL Draft and was chosen 7th overall by the San Francisco 49ers.
Off the field, Aldon has committed himself to helping at-risk youth by joining forces with the Boys & Girls Clubs and Camp Kesem. Himself a product of the Boys & Girls Clubs, Aldon feels compelled to give back and help kids obtain the tools they need to find success. During his 2012 run to break the NFL’s single season sack record, Aldon pledged $5,099 for each sack earned to be split between the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula & The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. These clubs specifically serve the at-risk youth in the 49er community. With 19.5 total sacks, Aldon donated $99,432 to help support the children and teens in the community by keeping them safe, academically focused, physically and emotionally healthy and equipped with job-readiness skills. Throughout the year, Aldon has participated in holiday celebrations and is currently working with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, East Palo Alto Clubhouse, as Commissioner of Sports, an initiative through which he visits with the students on a regular basis.
Aldon also works with Camp Kesem, a national network of free summer camps and social circles for children affected by a parent’s cancer. Aldon participates in Camp Kesem’s “Scoring for Good” – a novel fundraising program that will send children to Camp Kesem every time participating NFL players earn sacks or score touchdowns. Aldon donates funds to send one kid to camp every time he earns a sack during the season.
As Aldon explains, “I am excited to be able to give back to my community and feel that I am playing to raise much needed money for great organizations that make a huge difference in the lives of millions of young people.”