Aaron Donald

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Aaron Donald
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Donald in 2014
No. 99 Los Angeles Rams
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-05-23) May 23, 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High school: Penn Hills (PA)
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2016
Tackles: 124
Sacks: 20.0
Forced fumbles: 2
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Aaron Charles Donald (born May 23, 1991) is an American football defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Pittsburgh, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American. He was drafted by the Rams in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

High school[edit]

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Donald attended Penn Hills High School. He was selected first team All-State Class AAAA in each of his final two seasons, and compiled 63 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a senior. He also started at offensive guard.

Considered a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, he was rated as the 37th best defensive tackle in the nation.[1] He committed to hometown Pittsburgh over other scholarship offers from Toledo, Akron and Rutgers.

College career[edit]

As a freshman, Donald played in all 13 games as a reserve defensive tackle. He recorded 11 tackles, including three for loss, and two sacks. In 2011, as a sophomore, Donald moved into the starting lineup, and turned in a breakout campaign. He recorded 47 tackles, including 16 for loss, 11 sacks and one forced fumble, and was named a second-team All-Big East selection. As a junior, he recorded 64 tackles, including 18.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks, and one forced fumble, earning first-team All-Big East honors. In his senior season, he became one of the most productive defensive players in the entire NCAA. He posted 59 tackles, including a career best 28.5 for loss, 11 sacks and four forced fumbles. He was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous All-American.[2][3]

He also won the Lombardi Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and Outland Trophy.[4]

Career statistics
Year Team Games Tackles Sacks Pass defense Fumbles Blocked
Solo Ast Total TFL – Yds No – Yds Int – Yds BU PD Qbh Rcv – Yds FF Kick Saf
2010 Pittsburgh 13 8 3 11 3.0 – 18 2.0 – 17 0 – 0 0 2 5 0 – 0 0 0 0
2011 Pittsburgh 13 22 25 47 16.0 – 77 11.0 – 63 0 – 0 0 4 11 0 – 0 1 0 0
2012 Pittsburgh 12 42 22 64 18.5 – 78 5.5 – 36 0 – 0 0 2 11 0 – 0 1 0 0
2013 Pittsburgh 13 43 16 59 28.5 – 142 11.0 – 84 0 – 0 1 2 16 0 – 0 4 1 0
Career 51 112 66 181 66.0 – 315 29.5 – 160 0 – 0 1 10 43 0 – 0 6 1 0

Professional career[edit]

At the NFL Combine he set the record for fastest time for a defensive tackle previously held by Tank Johnson, who ran a 4.69 in 2004. Donald drew comparisons to John Randle afterwards.[5]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 34 in 285 lb 32 58 in 9 78 in 4.68 s 1.59 s 3.21 s 4.39 s 7.11 s 32 in 9 ft 8 in 35 reps
All values from NFL Combine[6]

He was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 13th pick overall.[7]

After recording 47 tackles, nine sacks and two forced fumbles, he was one of five rookies selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl.[8] On January 31, 2015, it was announced that Donald had won the 2014 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.[9]

In the 2015 year, Donald started all 16 games with 69 tackles, 11 sacks, a pass defended, and a fumble recovery. He was a Pro Bowl selection for the second season in a row.

On September 12, 2016, Donald was ejected for the first time in his NFL career for making illegal contact with a referee.[10][11] On September 16, 2016, Donald was fined $21,269.[12]

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