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Q&A with San Fran 49ers Aldon Smith: Life of an NFC Champ

The 49ers outside linebacker and sack machine talks defense, training and how it feels to reach the Super Bowl at the tender age of 23.

MF: How do your fitness routine and eating habits change in the offseason?
AS: It doesn’t change all too much. I usually try to remain focused and prepare for the following year. Although, I will cut down on some of the lifting and mix in more cardio. As far as my diet, I bulk up with high-protein meals and drinks lots of water and Gatorade. And don’t tell anybody, but I might splurge every now and again with some Chick-fil-A.

MF: Was there ever a time when you had to overcome a certain on-field obstacle?
AS: Yeah, definitely. I broke my fibula during my sophomore year at Mizzou and missed three weeks that season. People thought I would be out longer, but I rehabbed hard and wanted to prove to my teammates, coaches and university that I could beat the injury. It was awesome that I only missed a few games and was able to get back out on the field.

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MF: What was it like beating out Reggie White for fastest player to reach 30 sacks and being named the NFL 101 Defensive Player of the Year?
AS: Both accomplishments were unbelievable. It was really just a proud moment to surpass a Hall of Famer like Reggie White. This game is so competitive and to do something like that in my first two seasons was pretty cool. White has always been a guy I’ve respected and a player that has meant so much to the game.

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