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Community Player of the Week: Aaron Donald

Posted Nov 10, 2016

Each week, the Rams select a player to honor as the Rams Community Player of the Week. The program, presented by Wells Fargo, is intended to recognize players for the positive impact they make off the field.

The Los Angeles Rams announced Aaron Donald as the Rams Community Player of the Week for Week 10 in recognition of his community outreach efforts throughout the season.

Aaron Donald is a Defensive Tackle from Pittsburgh, PA. Donald was selected first-round in the Rams 2013 draft. Since being a Ram, Donald has been to two back-to-back Pro Bowls and led all rookies in sacks his first year. This week Donald participated in Holiday Mail for Heroes where he helped kids personalize holiday cards to send over to armed forces overseas.  

What does it mean to be involved with the Holiday Mail for Heroes initiative?
It’s a great thing to be involved with the troops. We just had our Salute to Service game and we have Veterans Day coming up so I’m excited to be part of this initiative. Our armed forces overseas don’t have a chance to be home with their families over the holidays so the least we could do is decorate cards to brighten their holiday season. I know the kids enjoy putting a smile on their face.  

You really encouraged the rest of the D-Line to get out and support this initiative with you, why was it important to get your teammates involved?
I think this is a great opportunity for us to do something together as well as with the kids. I know when I was younger I enjoyed having a college or NFL player come visit my school. I wanted to make sure we were able to interact and bring smiles to the kids’ faces because that’s what’s important.

Why is it important for you to use your platform?
Helping others is important. We understand that a lot of people look up to us and we need to hold ourselves to a high standard as role models and set examples. These kids see us on TV when they’re watching Rams games, but it’s nice we had the chance to see them in person.

What were you able to take away from this experience?
This is motivation for the kids. Kids have exciting imaginations, so it’s fun to learn about their goals and the things they want to achieve as young people. Not everyone wants to grow up to be a football player, but it’s great to speak to them and get them pumped about following their dreams. All of the kids were really creative with writing messaging and decorating the cards. I’m looking forward to our armed forces receiving these.

Fire Round with Aaron Donald

Describe yourself in 5 words…
•    Quiet
•    Laidback
•    Funny
•    Competitive ( I am a ping pong champ)
•    Funny (again)

Being that you have two kids, what is the best advice you have to the new dads on the team?
•    Be yourself because kids are blessings, life-changing and motivating. I know mine motivate me to be better every day.

If you had to host a comedy show with a few teammates, who would you choose?
•    Will Hayes
•    Benny Cunningham
•    Tavon Austin

Do you have any special pregame rituals?
•    I usually get a pep-talk from my dad and brother. I also like to listen to music to pump me up.

What is your favorite go to meal during the week?
•    Steak or a cheeseburger

About the Rams Community Player of the Week Presented by Wells Fargo

Each week during the 2016 regular season, the Los Angeles Rams select a player to honor as the Rams Community Player of the Week. The program, presented by Wells Fargo, is intended to recognize players for the positive impact they make off the field and their commitment to serving the Greater Los Angeles Area.

In 2015, Wells Fargo team members volunteered more than 41,800 hours in the LA area. This week, the organization is proud to recognize Wells Fargo Community Player of the Week, William Lopez, Customer Sales and Service Representative serving the North San Fernando Valley, for his excellence in caring for the community. William has contributed more than 70 hours at over 10 different organizations during the past two years. One of William’s most recent volunteer efforts includes volunteering to go out into the streets searching for hungry homeless to deliver wholesome meals which he and his team helped make. For more information on Wells Fargo’s commitment to community service, visit https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/corporate-responsibility/community-giving/