Aldon Smith returns to 49ers after DUI arrest

49ers Handling Aldon Smith's Return with Care

At times, it may seem like NFL teams use their players like disposable commodities by chewing up young educated men and spitting them out as grizzled, beat-down gladiators when they can’t produce on the gridiron anymore. That’s why it’s refreshing to see the 49ers show some consideration and compassion by attending to Smith’s personal needs as he continues to grapple with his own issues.