Assuming he will eventually be reintroduced by Commissioner Roger Goodell, Aldon Smith will have a chance to resume his football career with the Dallas Cowboys after signing a one-year deal with the team on Wednesday.
Smith expressed his gratitude for the opportunity in a post on his Instagram account on Wednesday night.
“Life is good. I’m grateful. I’m blessed. I’m a cowboy,” Smith wrote in the caption.
Smith was a threat on the field for the San Francisco 49ers in the early years of his career. However, the description soon came to reasonably fit his presence off the field, as well as being arrested several times and interrupted on numerous occasions by the NFL for drug abuse and personal behavior policy violations. He has not played in the NFL since 2015 after being shut down with the Oakland Raiders.
Smith went on to say that he made “exponential progress” in the time since he tried to get things back on track.
“There is beauty in the fight,” Smith wrote.
“Life will always present us with tests. I have learned to take a different perspective on the hardships of life. Instead of looking at life as a sacrifice, I have embraced the journey that God has planned and made exponential progress toward becoming a better man.
“Take the time we have away from our regular activities to-day and remember to change your perspectives. Focus not on how bad this situation is, but instead on how we can all emerge from the better people. Let us work on the things we have put forth and grow towards our ultimate potential. “
Smith was the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and posted 33.5 sacks in his first two seasons with the 49ers. Add another 8.5 sacks in 2013 in just 11 games and Smith averaged 14 sacks a season during the first three years of his career.