Found January 05, 2012 on
Even iron men need their rest.
Consider the case of 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith, who has started 171 straight games dating to 2001 but isn't immune to the rigors of the NFL's 16-game regular season.
The indefatigable Smith was invisible during parts of the Niners' final two games,...
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When the 49ers selected Missouri’s Aldon Smith with the seventh overall pick in last April’s draft, one talent evaluator wrote that the pass-rush specialist could be an immediate impact player in the right system.
Smith’s combination of speed, moves to get around blockers, upper-body strength and ability to use his hands, wrote Doug Farrar of Yahoo.com, gave Smith “the tools”...
It seems every year rookies are more and more capable of contributing Week 1 to their new NFL teams. This year has had more of the same, especially on the defensive side of the ball with standouts like Patrick Peterson, Aldon Smith, Ryan Kerrigan, and Von Miller. Below you will see the most deserving candidates for Defensive Rookie of the Year, their statistics, and some explanation...
(01-06) 22:11 PST - After practice Friday, coach Jim Harbaugh announced which members of the 49ers were named to the AP All-Pro teams as his players were huddled around him.
"First-team defensive tackle, Justin Smith," Harbaugh announced to cheers.
"Second-team defensive end,...
The 49ers had a league-high five players named to the AP All-Pro's first team today, matching the numbers of first-team All-Pros they had from 2003-10.
On defense, tackle Justin Smith and inside linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman were honored after they headlined a unit that ranked...
(01-06) 12:05 PST - The 49ers led the Associated Press All-Pro Team with five players, a testament to the turnaround in San Francisco under new coach Jim Harbaugh.
Linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, defensive tackle Justin Smith, kicker David Akers and punter Andy Lee were the...