Pro Bowl snub Aldon Smith aiming for rookie sack record

Popularity contests sometimes take a little time to win.

So, that’s one explanation why San Francisco 49ers rookie defensive end Aldon Smith was omitted from the NFC Pro Bowl roster.

He can put his name in the record book on Sunday at St. Louis though, as Smith needs just one sack to pass Jevon Kearse for the rookie sack record.

"Yeah, it's crossed my mind," Smith said, according to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. "I've watched (Kearse), admired him but have never talked to him. Both of us are athletic guys who know how to get after the passer."

Smith has 14 sacks and Kearse recorded 14

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