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Aldon Smith ditches baggage to become 49ers' MVP

3:39 PM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) - Though he hasn't added to it lately, Aldon Smith brings a big sack total to Super Bowl XLVII. The San Francisco 49ers linebacker also comes with baggage no player wants -- from multiple off-the-field incidents the past year.

Monday, about seven months after Smith escaped a party gone bad with minor stab wounds, it was disclosed by Coach Jim Harbaugh that he had been voted the 49ers' season MVP by players and coaches.

Smith is an All-Pro is his second NFL season. As a player, the sky is the limit for the 6-foot-4, 258-pounder. What has he done about the kinds of difficulties that might threaten that?

"I really just kept my goals in mind and the guy I want to be and the great player I want to be and how I want to be viewed," the 23-year-old said from a press conference platform at the 49ers' hotel.

"I'm a football player. I'm a guy who works hard. And I want everybody to know that."

Last June 30, police reported two men had been shot and one stabbed, all non-life threatening injuries, during a house party east of San Jose, Calif.

Police didn't identify the victims. But The Sacramento Bee reported Smith had been stabbed twice at his home. In a statement after the incident, 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said Smith "suffered minor injuries during an incident last night."

There have been no arrests.

"Unfortunately, we never identified any suspects," says Sgt. Jose Cardoza, spokesman for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. " ... It's probably what you would call an inactive case. It's not closed. It's just inactive pending any new information that ever develops."

Police still have not named the victims. But when the 49ers opened training camp in July, Smith made an apology when he met with reporters.

"I feel like I let the fans and everybody that looked at me like that down," Smith said then. " ... I'm really focused more than ever."

Gary Mihoces, USA TODAY Sports

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