Gary Pinkel: Aldon Smith situation breaks my heart

The San Francisco 49ers were forced to make a very difficult decision by releasing Aldon Smith yesterday. It came after the news that Smith had been arrested once again on three charges, including DUI, hit-and-run and vandalism. These weren’t the first charges that have been brought against Smith in his lifetime, and the 49ers decided to give up on trying to help him through them.

Smith’s former coach at Missouri has come out and talked about how sad this situation has made him. He went so far as to say that it has broken his heart for his former player.

“Aldon, he’s part of our family. I’m going to get a hold of him this week,” Pinkel said. “We feel for him. I want him to get healthy again and get back going. Obviously, it breaks my heart when I hear something like that. I’m praying for him and hopefully he can get some help to get better.”

Perhaps this situation can help Smith realize the path that his life is headed down, and help him see that he is putting everything that he has worked for in jeopardy. Just two short years ago he was considered to be one of the NFL’s brightest young players, and was already being called a superstar. Now, he is a name that brings laughs and sadness to his former fans.

Looking into the future, Smith has to turn to all of his supporting cast and figure out a way to get clean from his bad habits. Taking time away from football to work on those issues would be in his best interests, and his family and friends need to play a vital role in helping him do that. Not only is he endangering his football career, his recklessness could endanger his life at some point in the near future.

Hopefully Pinkel can reach out to Smith and talk with him and help him get his life back on track. Smith just needs people to help him along, and motivate him to become a better person.

While this is a tragic and sad situation to see a young man struggling this much, it could be exactly what he has needed to get out of the lifestyle that is dragging him down.

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