Legendary Rams Defensive Tackle Aaron Donald Announces Retirement

Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles Rams have announced that legendary defensive tackle Aaron Donald has retired from professional football. Donald, one of the greatest players at his position in NFL history, has decided to hang up his cleats after an illustrious career that has spanned nine seasons.

“It’s been an incredible journey, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have played this game,” Donald said in a statement released by the Rams. “To all the fans, the coaches, and my teammates, thank you for making this journey so unforgettable. I love this game, but it’s time for me to step away.”

Donald was selected by the Rams with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. From the moment he stepped onto the field, it was clear that he was a special talent. In his rookie season, he recorded 10 sacks and helped the Rams win their first NFC West title in 13 years.

Over the next eight seasons, Donald continued to dominate opposing offensive lines. He recorded at least 10 sacks in each of his first six seasons, and he was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 and 2018. He also helped the Rams win two NFC Championships and Super Bowl LVI.

Donald’s accolades are numerous. He is a eight-time Pro Bowl selection, a seven-time All-Pro, and was named to the NFL’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. He also holds the Rams’ franchise records for career tackles for loss (142.5) and sacks (144.0).

Beyond his on-field accomplishments, Donald is known for his tireless work ethic and dedication to his craft. He is considered one of the most respected players in the NFL, and his presence will be sorely missed by the Rams and the league as a whole.

“Aaron Donald is the greatest Rams player of all time,” Rams head coach Sean McVay said. “He’s a generational talent who has changed the game of football. We will forever be grateful for his contributions to this franchise.”

Donald’s retirement leaves a significant void in the Rams’ defense, but his legacy will live on for generations to come. He is a true icon of the sport, and he will be remembered as one of the greatest defensive players of all time.

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