Apart from being good-looking, spotting the right height and weighing proportionately to his height, Aaron Donald is also formidable as a defensive tackle in the National Football League where he currently plays for the Los Angeles Rams.
He came off Penn Hills high school and is as well a prodigy of the Pittsburgh Panthers football program before getting into the NFL where he is now poised to take down as many offensive guards as possible. Here, we will walk down the memory lane of his bio, know who his family members are and take a look at his body measurements for which he has been termed priceless as one of the strongest defensive tackles in his team.
Aaron Donald’s Bio
Aaron Donald (Aaron Charles Donald) began life as a child born on May 23, 1991, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he was also raised. He would often play football with his peers as a pass time but as he got into high school, the kid took the game a lot more serious when he began playing for his high school team.
Under coach Andrew Slome, Aaron learned the rudiments of football in Penn Hills High School as an offensive guard. He had a total of 63 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, with 11 sacks and was named twice in the first team All-State Class AAAA of his final season. The kid was rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and was also considered the 37th best defensive tackle in the whole of the nation.
With such a promising college football career ahead of him, Aaron Donald had before him scholarship offers from the University of Toledo, the University of Akron, the University of Pittsburgh and Rutgers University. From these, he choose to stay close to home in Pittsburgh which saw him playing for the Panthers.
In Aaron’s freshman season (2010), the lad played as a reserve defensive tackle in all 13 games of the season he played recording 11 tackles, 3 for a loss and 2 sacks. Coming into his sophomore season (2011), he got more playing time as a starter which saw him post better stats; 47 tackles, 16 for a loss, 11 sacks with 1 forced fumble. Aaron Donald at this time had already set course for greater accomplishment as far as college football was concerned, he had 64 tackles, 18.5 for a loss, 5.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble in this third season (2012) of college football. Finally in his last season (2013) he recorded 59 tackles, a career high 28.5 for loss, 11 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. Aaron was adjuged the best defensive player in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and an unanimous All-American and ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
He entered the NFL as the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft selected by the St. Louis Rams. His four-year rookie contract was worth $10.13 million with $5.69 million signing bonus and a fifth year option. He got off to a good start from the blast of the whistle in his first regular season game against the Minnesota Vikings. Donald played a total of 16 games in his first season from which he started 12. He started all 16 games he played in 2015 and 16 just as he also started all 14 games he played in the 2017 season. The Rams evoked the fifth year option in his contract. He has been named to 4 Pro Bowl games in a stretch, first-team All-Pro 3 times, First-team All-Pro 2 times as well as listed in the NFL Top 100 Players in 2016 and 2017 respectively amidst other numerous awards he has picked, albeit with some fines along the way for various misdemeanours.
For the 4 straight seasons Aaron Donald has played football as a pro defensive tackle, his career stats has him with 205 tackles, 39.0 sacks, 9 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries.
Aaron has Archie Donald as his father while Anita Goggins is his mother. He also has a brother named Archie Donald Jr. Having their abode in Pittsburgh, we all know what team the family supports even as Donald was once a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Football, however, got him on the side of the St. Louis Rams and for the sake of his success, his family members are sure backing him anytime he lines up with the St. Louis Rams.
More so, Aaron did something remarkable for his dad after he won the Rookie of the Year award in 2014. He got him a truck which he was very delighted to have and was captured fist-fighting the air in celebration. There is no questioning that the family is a close-knit one and must be very proud of the exploits their son is making playing the richest sports in the whole world.
The footballer is yet to start a family of his own, but we are cocksure that at the right time, he will walk down the aisle with Jaelynn Blakey, his bae who already has two kids for him; Jaeda and Aaron Jr. should they remain together till such a time.
Body Measurements: Height, Weight
Aaron Donald is no doubt well built, he stands at a decent 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) upon which he weighs as much as 280 lb (127 kg). Going by what we have seen him do consistently in his football career, the Los Angeles Rams jersey number 99 defensive tackle no doubt has put his size to good use. He, however, has dropped some weight since entering the NFL as he weighed 285 lb (129 kg) in his pre-draft. The handsome giant has an arm length of 32 5⁄8 in (0.83 m) while his hands measure 9 7⁄8 in (0.25 m).