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101 Awards Honors Donald as NFC Defensive Player of the Year

Posted Jan 22, 2016

Aaron Donald honored by 101 Awards as NFC Defensive Player of the Year.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald will be honored by 101 Awards as NFC Defensive Player of the Year, the organization announced Friday. The nation’s longest-running salute to professional football, the 101 Awards annually recognizes outstanding achievement in the NFL based on votes by a selection committee of national media.
 
Donald was named Rams team MVP after finishing the season with 11 sacks – the most of any inside player – 29 quarterback hits, 49 quarterback pressures and 22 tackles for loss. The first-time 101 Award winner also earned a perfect 99.9 rating from Pro Football Focus’ new ranking system, breaking J.J. Watt’s record for the highest grade ever given by PFF in a single season and receiving PFF’s title as the No. 1 player in the NFL regardless of position. Donald concludes his sophomore campaign with his second consecutive trip to the NFL Pro Bowl.
 
In total, six awards will be presented at a black-tie awards dinner in Kansas City and will be broadcast on NFL Network following the event. The 101 Awards, benefiting the University of Kansas Hospital, will stage its 46th annual awards gala on March 5.