PLAYER ROSTER

Aaron Donald
DT #99
Height:
6-1
Weight:
280
Age:
26
College:
Pittsburgh
Hometown:
Pittsburgh, PA
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2017):

TCKL
22
SCK
5.0
FF
3
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 186 133 53 33.0 0 8 0 0 -- 0 0 7 2
2017 LA 8 8 22 17 5 5.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 3 1
2016 LA 16 16 47 35 12 8.0 -- 5 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
2015 STL 16 16 69 43 26 11.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
2014 STL 16 12 48 38 10 9.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
2 WAS L 20-27 2 1 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @SF W 41-39 3 2 1 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @DAL W 35-30 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 SEA L 10-16 5 3 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 @JAX W 27-17 2 2 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
7 ARI W 33-0 2 2 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 @NYG W 51-17 3 3 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
10 HOU W 33-7 3 2 1 1.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --

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Biography

TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Rams in the first round (13th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft (5/8/14).

PRO: Started 46-of-50 career games on the defensive line...collected 224 career tackles (155 solo), including 29 sacks and five forced fumbles...recipient of the club’s Daniel F. Reeves Memorial Award as the Rams’ Most Valuable Player in 2016...named to three consecutive Pro Bowls in his first three seasons (2015-17)...became the third Rams defensive tackle to be selected to three or more consecutive Pro Bowls...appeared in 48 games and started 44...in 2016, led the Rams with 8.0 sacks and finished second among Rams defensive linemen with 62 tackles...in 2015, notched 11.0 sacks which led the NFL at the defensive tackle position...also had a team-high 49 quarterback pressures and 29 hits on the quarterback...in 2014, posted 9.0 sacks, which led all rookies and are the most ever by a Rams’ rookie...was first Rams’ rookie selected to the Pro Bowl since RB Jerome Bettis in 1993.

2016 SEASON: Named to his third-consecutive Pro Bowl after starting all 16 games...was the recipient of the club’s Daniel F. Reeves Memorial Award as the Rams’ Most Valuable Player...one of two defensive captains, as voted on by his teammates...finished the season with 62 tackles and 8.0 sacks...had career-highs in passes defensed (six) and forced fumbles (two)...vs. Seattle (9/18): Recorded five total tackles (four solo)...compiled three quarterback pressures and four quarterback hits...at Arizona (10/2): Registered five tackles (three solo)...registered his first sack of the season and added a forced fumble on the play...also split a sack with DE Eugene Sims...named NFC Defensive Player of the Week...at Detroit (10/16): Registered two tackles (three solo)...notched one sack for five yards, moved into the top-15 in Rams history with his 23rd career sack...added four quarterback pressures and two quarter- back hits on the day...vs. Carolina (11/6): Registered two total tackles...added a season-high two sacks for a loss of 19 yards... pressured Panthers QB Cam Newton six times...led all defensive tackles in sacks through nine weeks...at New Orleans (11/27): Notched three solo tackles (three solo)...added one sack for a loss of eight yards, while forcing a QB Drew Brees fumble...also recorded three quarterback pressures and one quarterback hit...vs. Atlanta (12/11): Registered three tackles (two solo)...sacked QB Matt Ryan for a loss of six yards...added one quarterback hit and one quarterback pressure...vs. San Francisco (12/24): Notched a season-high seven tackles (six solo)...sacked QB Colin Kaepernick for a loss of three yards...added a season-high six quarterback pressures and three quarterback hits.

2015 SEASON: Started 16 games at defensive tackle...earned second consecutive Pro Bowl berth...notched 11.0 sacks to set a new single season-high and earn the team lead in the category...the mark also led the NFL at the defensive tackle position... also had a team-high 49 quarterback pressures and 29 hits on the quarterback...recorded a personal-best 85 tackles on the sea- son (60 solo)...voted Rams’ MVP by teammates...at Seattle (12/27): Recorded seven tackles (four solo)...also registered nine quarterback pressures and three hits on the quarterback...vs. Tampa Bay (12/17): Started at defensive tackle...recorded six tackles (four solo)...also had two quarterback pressures and three hits...vs. Detroit (12/13): Notched a career-high 3.0 sacks on QB Matt Stafford...marked his third career multi-sack game, and first 3.0 sack game...also registered two solo tackles and three quarterback hits...vs. Arizona (12/6): Sacked Arizona QB Carson Palmer...also had seven tackles (six solo), two quarterback pressures and five quarterback hits...at Baltimore (11/22): Sacked Ravens QB Joe Flacco for a seven yard loss...registered 10 tackles (eight solo), five quaterback pressures and one hit on the quarterback...vs. Chicago (11/15): Split a sack with DE Williams Hayes on Bears QB Jay Cutler for a nine yard loss...added a solo sack on Cutler marked his second career multi-sack game...also notched five tackles (four solo) and one quarterback hit and pressure...vs. Cleveland (10/25): Compiled 1.0 sack, two solo tackles, three quarterback hits and two forced fumbles...vs. Pittsburgh (9/27): Sacked Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger for an 8-yard loss...registered six tackles (four solo)...at Washington (9/20): Split a sack on QB Kirk Cousins with DE Chris Long...tallied five tackles (four tackles)...vs. Seattle (9/13): Sacked QB Russell Wilson two times to bump his career sack total to 11...marked his first multi-sack game of his career...added 11 tackles to establish a new career-high...earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

2014 SEASON: Finished the season with 72 tackles (49 solo), 9.0 sacks and 38 quarterback pressures...from weeks 10-15, he had a sack in five straight games...also posted a team-high 17 tackles for loss on the season and coaches credited him with 32 quarterback pressures and 12 quarterback hits...his 9.0 sacks are the most ever by a Rams rookie regardless of position... vs. Minnesota (9/7): Made his NFL debut...recorded six tackles (five solo)...at Tampa Bay (9/14): Saw action on defense and special teams...recorded six tackles (five solo)...recorded his first career sack...vs. San Francisco (10/13): Made his first career start at defensive tackle...tallied seven tackles (five solo)...vs. Seattle (10/16): Started at defensive tackle...notched six solo tackles and 1.0 sack...at Kansas City (10/26): Started at defensive tackle...tallied three solo tackles and one forced fumble... at San Francisco (11/2): Started at defensive tackle...registered one solo tackle and 1.0 sack...vs. Denver (11/16): Started at defensive tackle...registered two solo tackles and 1.0 sack...at San Diego (11/23): Started at defensive tackle...notched seven tackles (four solo) and 1.0 sack...vs. Oakland (11/30): Started at defensive tackle...tallied five tackles (three solo) and 1.0 sack... at Washington (12/7): Started at defensive tackle...notched five tackles (two solo) and 1.0 sack...vs. Arizona (12/11): Recorded his 10th career start at defensive tackle...registered six tackles (two solo) and 1.0 sack...at Seattle (12/28): Started at defensive tackle...posted seven tackles (four solo) and 1.0 sack...led all rookies with 9.0 sacks.

COLLEGE: Recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation’s most outstanding defensive player), Chuck Bednarik (defensive player of the year), Outland Trophy (nation’s best offensive or defensive interior lineman) and Rotary Lombardi Award (nation’s most outstanding lineman or linebacker)...also named Athlon Sports National Defensive Player of the Year, CBSSports.com National Defensive Player of the Year and Lindy’s Sports National Defensive Player of the Year...named All-American first-team by The NFL Draft Report, American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Athlon Sports, ESPN.com, Football Writers Association of America, Lindy’s Sports, SI.com, Sporting News, USA Today and Walter Camp Football Foundation...was also the recipient of the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year Award by the league’s coaches, media and Athlon Sports...added All-ACC first-team honors...earned unanimous first-team All-American status, he became the first Pitt defensive player to accomplish that feat since legendary defensive end Hugh Green in 1980...started 30-of-51 games at Pittsburgh - 25 at strong-side defensive tackle and five at strong-side defensive end...recorded 181 tackles (115 solos) with 29.5 sacks for minus 200 yards, 66.0 stops for losses totaling 315 yards, 43 quarterback pressures, 11 pass deflections and six forced fumbles...ranks fourth in NCAA FBS history with his 66.0 tackles-for-loss...his 29.5 sacks and 28 solo sacks both ranked third among active play- ers, as his lost yardage via sacks (200) placed fourth...his 66 tackles-for-loss are the most by a Panther since the NCAA began recognizing that category in 1999... in 2013, earned Player of the Week honors for his performance vs. Virginia from the Bednarik Award and Athlon Sports...received National Player of the Week from the Bednarik Award vs. Georgia Tech and was also named ACC Player of the Week for that effort...closed out the regular schedule with Lott IMPACT Player of the Week and Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week recognition for the Syracuse clash...in 2012, earned third-team All-American honors from The NFL Draft Report after he led the team with 5.5 sacks for minus 36 yards, 18.5 stops for losses of 78 yards and eleven quarterback pressures...in 2011, received All-Big East Conference second-team honors from the league’s coaches...played in all thirteen games as a reserve defensive tackle in 2010.

PERSONAL: Attended Penn Hills (Pa.) High School, playing football for head coach Ron Graham...regarded as one of the most dominating defensive linemen in Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Class AAAA ranks...selected first team All-State Class AAAA by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Association each of his final two seasons...The Pennsylvania Football News All-Class AAAA, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WPIAL Class AAAA Player of the Year, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Fabulous 22” and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review “Terrific 25” choice compiled 63 tackles, including fifteen for loss and eleven sacks as a senior... also started at offensive guard and was a three-year starter on both sides of the ball...the Indians advanced to the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs in each of Donald’s three years as a starter...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic and was rated one of the country’s top 25 defensive tackles by Scout.com...majored in Communications...son of Anita Goggins and Archie Donald...his brother, Archie, played linebacker at Toledo...his sister, Akita, is a dentist and graduated from Carlou College Masters program... resides in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania...participated in numerous community events, including Coach Fisher & Friends Celebrity Softball game, the 6th Annual Playground Build at Marygrove, United Way Kickoff to Charity Luncheon, St. Louis Rams Training Academy Youth Camp and the All-Community Team Ticket Prgram - Donald’s Drop Squad.

TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Rams in the first round (13th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft (5/8/14).

PRO: Started 46-of-50 career games on the defensive line...collected 224 career tackles (155 solo), including 29 sacks and five forced fumbles...recipient of the club’s Daniel F. Reeves Memorial Award as the Rams’ Most Valuable Player in 2016...named to three consecutive Pro Bowls in his first three seasons (2015-17)...became the third Rams defensive tackle to be selected to three or more consecutive Pro Bowls...appeared in 48 games and started 44...in 2016, led the Rams with 8.0 sacks and finished second among Rams defensive linemen with 62 tackles...in 2015, notched 11.0 sacks which led the NFL at the defensive tackle position...also had a team-high 49 quarterback pressures and 29 hits on the quarterback...in 2014, posted 9.0 sacks, which led all rookies and are the most ever by a Rams’ rookie...was first Rams’ rookie selected to the Pro Bowl since RB Jerome Bettis in 1993.

2016 SEASON: Named to his third-consecutive Pro Bowl after starting all 16 games...was the recipient of the club’s Daniel F. Reeves Memorial Award as the Rams’ Most Valuable Player...one of two defensive captains, as voted on by his teammates...finished the season with 62 tackles and 8.0 sacks...had career-highs in passes defensed (six) and forced fumbles (two)...vs. Seattle (9/18): Recorded five total tackles (four solo)...compiled three quarterback pressures and four quarterback hits...at Arizona (10/2): Registered five tackles (three solo)...registered his first sack of the season and added a forced fumble on the play...also split a sack with DE Eugene Sims...named NFC Defensive Player of the Week...at Detroit (10/16): Registered two tackles (three solo)...notched one sack for five yards, moved into the top-15 in Rams history with his 23rd career sack...added four quarterback pressures and two quarter- back hits on the day...vs. Carolina (11/6): Registered two total tackles...added a season-high two sacks for a loss of 19 yards... pressured Panthers QB Cam Newton six times...led all defensive tackles in sacks through nine weeks...at New Orleans (11/27): Notched three solo tackles (three solo)...added one sack for a loss of eight yards, while forcing a QB Drew Brees fumble...also recorded three quarterback pressures and one quarterback hit...vs. Atlanta (12/11): Registered three tackles (two solo)...sacked QB Matt Ryan for a loss of six yards...added one quarterback hit and one quarterback pressure...vs. San Francisco (12/24): Notched a season-high seven tackles (six solo)...sacked QB Colin Kaepernick for a loss of three yards...added a season-high six quarterback pressures and three quarterback hits.

2015 SEASON: Started 16 games at defensive tackle...earned second consecutive Pro Bowl berth...notched 11.0 sacks to set a new single season-high and earn the team lead in the category...the mark also led the NFL at the defensive tackle position... also had a team-high 49 quarterback pressures and 29 hits on the quarterback...recorded a personal-best 85 tackles on the sea- son (60 solo)...voted Rams’ MVP by teammates...at Seattle (12/27): Recorded seven tackles (four solo)...also registered nine quarterback pressures and three hits on the quarterback...vs. Tampa Bay (12/17): Started at defensive tackle...recorded six tackles (four solo)...also had two quarterback pressures and three hits...vs. Detroit (12/13): Notched a career-high 3.0 sacks on QB Matt Stafford...marked his third career multi-sack game, and first 3.0 sack game...also registered two solo tackles and three quarterback hits...vs. Arizona (12/6): Sacked Arizona QB Carson Palmer...also had seven tackles (six solo), two quarterback pressures and five quarterback hits...at Baltimore (11/22): Sacked Ravens QB Joe Flacco for a seven yard loss...registered 10 tackles (eight solo), five quaterback pressures and one hit on the quarterback...vs. Chicago (11/15): Split a sack with DE Williams Hayes on Bears QB Jay Cutler for a nine yard loss...added a solo sack on Cutler marked his second career multi-sack game...also notched five tackles (four solo) and one quarterback hit and pressure...vs. Cleveland (10/25): Compiled 1.0 sack, two solo tackles, three quarterback hits and two forced fumbles...vs. Pittsburgh (9/27): Sacked Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger for an 8-yard loss...registered six tackles (four solo)...at Washington (9/20): Split a sack on QB Kirk Cousins with DE Chris Long...tallied five tackles (four tackles)...vs. Seattle (9/13): Sacked QB Russell Wilson two times to bump his career sack total to 11...marked his first multi-sack game of his career...added 11 tackles to establish a new career-high...earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

2014 SEASON: Finished the season with 72 tackles (49 solo), 9.0 sacks and 38 quarterback pressures...from weeks 10-15, he had a sack in five straight games...also posted a team-high 17 tackles for loss on the season and coaches credited him with 32 quarterback pressures and 12 quarterback hits...his 9.0 sacks are the most ever by a Rams rookie regardless of position... vs. Minnesota (9/7): Made his NFL debut...recorded six tackles (five solo)...at Tampa Bay (9/14): Saw action on defense and special teams...recorded six tackles (five solo)...recorded his first career sack...vs. San Francisco (10/13): Made his first career start at defensive tackle...tallied seven tackles (five solo)...vs. Seattle (10/16): Started at defensive tackle...notched six solo tackles and 1.0 sack...at Kansas City (10/26): Started at defensive tackle...tallied three solo tackles and one forced fumble... at San Francisco (11/2): Started at defensive tackle...registered one solo tackle and 1.0 sack...vs. Denver (11/16): Started at defensive tackle...registered two solo tackles and 1.0 sack...at San Diego (11/23): Started at defensive tackle...notched seven tackles (four solo) and 1.0 sack...vs. Oakland (11/30): Started at defensive tackle...tallied five tackles (three solo) and 1.0 sack... at Washington (12/7): Started at defensive tackle...notched five tackles (two solo) and 1.0 sack...vs. Arizona (12/11): Recorded his 10th career start at defensive tackle...registered six tackles (two solo) and 1.0 sack...at Seattle (12/28): Started at defensive tackle...posted seven tackles (four solo) and 1.0 sack...led all rookies with 9.0 sacks.

COLLEGE: Recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation’s most outstanding defensive player), Chuck Bednarik (defensive player of the year), Outland Trophy (nation’s best offensive or defensive interior lineman) and Rotary Lombardi Award (nation’s most outstanding lineman or linebacker)...also named Athlon Sports National Defensive Player of the Year, CBSSports.com National Defensive Player of the Year and Lindy’s Sports National Defensive Player of the Year...named All-American first-team by The NFL Draft Report, American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Athlon Sports, ESPN.com, Football Writers Association of America, Lindy’s Sports, SI.com, Sporting News, USA Today and Walter Camp Football Foundation...was also the recipient of the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year Award by the league’s coaches, media and Athlon Sports...added All-ACC first-team honors...earned unanimous first-team All-American status, he became the first Pitt defensive player to accomplish that feat since legendary defensive end Hugh Green in 1980...started 30-of-51 games at Pittsburgh - 25 at strong-side defensive tackle and five at strong-side defensive end...recorded 181 tackles (115 solos) with 29.5 sacks for minus 200 yards, 66.0 stops for losses totaling 315 yards, 43 quarterback pressures, 11 pass deflections and six forced fumbles...ranks fourth in NCAA FBS history with his 66.0 tackles-for-loss...his 29.5 sacks and 28 solo sacks both ranked third among active play- ers, as his lost yardage via sacks (200) placed fourth...his 66 tackles-for-loss are the most by a Panther since the NCAA began recognizing that category in 1999... in 2013, earned Player of the Week honors for his performance vs. Virginia from the Bednarik Award and Athlon Sports...received National Player of the Week from the Bednarik Award vs. Georgia Tech and was also named ACC Player of the Week for that effort...closed out the regular schedule with Lott IMPACT Player of the Week and Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week recognition for the Syracuse clash...in 2012, earned third-team All-American honors from The NFL Draft Report after he led the team with 5.5 sacks for minus 36 yards, 18.5 stops for losses of 78 yards and eleven quarterback pressures...in 2011, received All-Big East Conference second-team honors from the league’s coaches...played in all thirteen games as a reserve defensive tackle in 2010.

PERSONAL: Attended Penn Hills (Pa.) High School, playing football for head coach Ron Graham...regarded as one of the most dominating defensive linemen in Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Class AAAA ranks...selected first team All-State Class AAAA by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Association each of his final two seasons...The Pennsylvania Football News All-Class AAAA, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WPIAL Class AAAA Player of the Year, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Fabulous 22” and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review “Terrific 25” choice compiled 63 tackles, including fifteen for loss and eleven sacks as a senior... also started at offensive guard and was a three-year starter on both sides of the ball...the Indians advanced to the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs in each of Donald’s three years as a starter...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic and was rated one of the country’s top 25 defensive tackles by Scout.com...majored in Communications...son of Anita Goggins and Archie Donald...his brother, Archie, played linebacker at Toledo...his sister, Akita, is a dentist and graduated from Carlou College Masters program... resides in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania...participated in numerous community events, including Coach Fisher & Friends Celebrity Softball game, the 6th Annual Playground Build at Marygrove, United Way Kickoff to Charity Luncheon, St. Louis Rams Training Academy Youth Camp and the All-Community Team Ticket Prgram - Donald’s Drop Squad.

 

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