49ers' Justin Smith is HUNGRY for the new football season... SO ARE WE ALL!!
Adam Rifkin stashed this in 49ers!
Cam Inman writes in the Merc:
How [49ers] last season ended: an overtime loss shy of the Super Bowl.
"My whole life, I've never really moped around after a loss or this or that. But this is one that's burned my ass the longest," Justin Smith said Thursday. "I'm just like, 'Man.' It makes me that much more hungry... My total goal is to win a championship before I finish playing."
En route to the NFC West title last season, the 49ers went 13-3 before knocking off the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round, then getting eliminated 20-17 by the eventual champion New York Giants.
Instead of moping, Smith continued his constant presence at the 49ers facility, aside from a visit to his native Missouri.
Smith didn't miss a day of the offseason conditioning program that concluded Thursday. That exemplified his teammates' widespread attendance in these voluntary workouts, with only next week's minicamp "mandatory" before summer break.
"The window is small," Smith said. "You can't say that about every year. In a couple years, we'll probably lose a lot of people. That's just the nature of the game."
Great work ethic. Great attitude.
Great sense of urgency.
Go Justin Smith! Go 49ers!!