Aaron Donald Reveals Why He Decided Not to Retire

Larry Rupp
Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald revealed why he decided no to retire this offseason.
Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald revealed why he decided no to retire this offseason. / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Rumors circulated early in the offseason that defensive lineman Aaron Donald may retire following the Los Angeles Rams' Super Bowl victory in February. Of course, Donald has since informed the team that he will be back and he even went into detail as to why on a recent podcast appearance.

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Donald explained that a number of things came into play regarding his decision to keep on playing. The driving force remains the fact that the Rams are set up well for a repeat, though. Securing ring No. 2 has brought back the motivation for a player that finally captured his long-awaited first one.

"I'm hungry to try to get another one for sure, I can't lie about that."

Aaron Donald on the Super Bowl

Anyone tuning in saw that the three-time AP Defensive Player of the Year played a major role in the LA's win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Donald finished the game with 4.0 tackles to go along with 2.0 sacks and pressured quarterback Joe Burrow to throw an incomplete pass on a crucial fourth down.

Not only does Donald think the team is ready to repeat, but he is also adamant that he remains in the best shape of his life. The eight-time Pro Bowler will enter next season at 31 years of age and claims he is only getting better with age. That has to be a scary thought for opposing NFL offensive linemen.

While the Rams did lose veteran pass rusher Von Miller to free agency, they added linebacker Bobby Wagner and wide receiver Allen Robinson. Those additions along with the talent already on the roster ties LA for the fourth-best odds to win Super Bowl 57 at +1100, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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