Aaron Donald

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Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald

Who is Aaron Donald?

Aaron Donald is a professional football player. Aaron Donald has also won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award for the past two years. Aaron is currently a defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League.

Donald began his life in a passive manner as a child, but as a teenager, he became more active.

Every morning, he worked out with his father.

Early Life, Family, And Education

Aaron Donald was born on May 23, 1991, in the United States, in the city of Pittsburgh.

Archie Donald and Anita Goggins are his parents. In addition, his father was a football player.

Furthermore, he was a collegiate football player who aspired to play in the NFL.

However, after suffering an injury, his ambitions were abruptly dashed.

Archie’s patella was fractured, forcing him to retire from football.

Following that, he obtained a low-wage job. Despite this, he continued to prioritize his health and fitness.

As a result, he encouraged his children to exercise and lift weights.

The value of hard work and persistence was instilled in them by their father.

Every day at 4:30 a.m., Aaron would work out for two hours with his father.

He became more excited about football shortly after, and his defensive talents improved.

He is also the youngest of three children. Archie Donald Jr., his older brother, and Jaeda Donald, his younger sister, are his siblings.

Before their parents split in 1999, the three siblings lived with both of their parents.

Despite this, the former couple maintains a polite and cordial connection.

Cheat Code was a member of the Penn Hills High School football team.

He then went on to play collegiate football at the University of Pittsburgh.

He graduated with a communication degree in 2020, thanks to some support from Anita.

Height, Weight, and Age

Aaron Donald is 30 years old. He places a lot of emphasis on his health and fitness as an athlete.

He also works out on a regular basis. The footballer stands at 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 280 pounds (127 kilograms).

Unfortunately, information on body measurements, shoe sizes, and tattoos (if any) is not currently accessible.

Once located, the readers will be informed as quickly as possible. Similarly, he is an American national who practices Christianity.

Facts of Aaron Donald

Full Name Aaron Charles Donald
Birth Date May 23, 1991
Birth Place Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the United States
Nick Name Cheat Code
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Ethnicity African American
Education University of Pittsburgh
Horoscope Gemini
Father’s Name Archie Donald
Mother’s Name Anita Goggins
Siblings Two; Akita And Archie Donald
Age 30 years old
Height 6 feet 1 inch
Weight 280 lb (127 kg)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown
Build Atheltic
Profession NFL Player
Current Team Los Angeles Rams
Position Defensive Tackle, Defensive End
Active Years 2014 – Present
Marital Status Engaged
Fiancé Erica Sherman
Kids Two; Jaeda Donald and Archie Jr. Donald
Net Worth $60 million
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Last Update April 2022

Net Worth And Salary

Aaron Donald has a net worth of $60 million. Besides that, he recently signed a $135 million worth contract with the Rams. The contract guarantees him $87 million in salary.

Furthermore, he earns very well through endorsements and sponsorships.

Famous companies and brands like Pizza Hut, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Electronic Arts, Dr. Teal’s, and Karma Automotive endorse him. He is also a stakeholder of a start-up company called Ready Nutrition.

Football Career

Careers in High School and College

As a high school student, the athlete was a member of the Penn Hills Indians defense. He started off as the offensive guard.

He was a fantastic football player. In addition, in both his junior and senior years, he was named to the first-team All-State Class AAAA.

Rivals.com, a well-known sports website, ranked him as America’s 37th best defensive tackle. Donald was then a member of the Pittsburgh Panthers’ defensive line.

Furthermore, as a freshman, he appeared in all 13 games. In his second year, he got much-deserved recognition.

In his sophomore year, he was also named to the second team of the Big East. The father of two was named to the Big East’s first team the following season.

As a senior, he was eventually named the most productive defensive player in the NCAA.

He was also an All-American and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Several awards for his defensive abilities were also given to the NFL player.

Career in the NFL

The athlete entered the 2014 NFL Draft after graduating from college.

The former Pitt quarterback was the 13th overall pick in the first round. The St. Louis Rams, also known as the Los Angeles Rams, selected him.

The defensive tackle signed a contract worth $10.13 million with a signing bonus of $5.69 million when he was drafted.

The footballer quickly established himself as a valuable member of the team. Donald won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award in the NFL. In addition, he was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team.

In addition, during the 2015 season, the footballer was named two times as the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Aaron Donald
Aaron Donald in an ongoing match. Source: nj

In addition, he was named to the First-Team All-Pro team. Cheat Code was a three-time Pro Bowl and two-time First-team All-Pro in the 2016 season.

Correspondingly, he landed at 15th position in the 2017’s NFL Top 100 Players.

The following year he was again selected for the Pro Bowl. Furthermore, he was the 2017 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

New Contract And Present Career

The 2018 season was a remarkable season for Aaron. He signed a six-year contract that made him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.

In the entirety of the season, the athlete was NFC Defensive Player of the Week and NFC Defensive Player of the Month twice.

Moreover, he earned his second NFL Defensive Player of the Year title. Donald also assisted his team to the 2018 Super Bowl Championship. However, they lost to the New England Patriots.

Although he received some consequences for his aggressive play, Aaron still managed to grab the NFC Defensive Player of the Week titles.

He also received the title in Week 5 of the 2020 season.

Aggression And Confrontation

The NFL player is quite infamous for his outburst on the football field.

In the 2016 season, he was thrown out of a game and later fined for his aggressive behavior. Firstly, he yanked San Francisco 49ers’ Quinton Patton’s helmet.

Secondly, the athlete threw a penalty flag back at the referee.

Thirdly, he slammed his helmet while getting off the field. Donald was fined a total of $21,269 for unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct.

Furthermore, the NFL fined him $18,231 for committing a penalty later in the season.

In the 2018 season, Seahawk Seattle’s center Justin Britt pushed Aaron aggressively after he went out of the game bound. Then the defensive tackle grabbed Britt and got in his face.

As a result, both received 15-yard penalties. However, the matter didn’t resolve there. The Rams player confronted the Seahawks player after the game was over.

The footballer strapped on his helmet and ran towards Justin before grabbing him by his helmet.

However, his teammates helped break the potential fight. Rams coach Sean McVay talked to the star defense, later on, to calm him down.

In an interview, he shared how he explained to Aaron not to let his “emotions of the game affect his responses and how he controls different things.”

Relationships and Kids

The Rams player is engaged to Erica Sherman.

She is a Community Affairs Manager who mainly works in the sports industry. Previously, she worked for her fiancé’s team Los Angeles Rams.

The two reportedly met there and started dating shortly after. Currently, the pair are engaged and live together in Calabasas, California.

They don’t have any kids of their own. Nevertheless, baby cries can be expected soon after the wedding bells.

Besides that, the defensive tackle used to date Jaelynn Blakey. The two were high school sweethearts. They were together for a long time.

Furthermore, Donald has two kids with her. His firstborn was Jaelynn Donald, and his secondborn is Aaron Donald Jr.

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Social Media Presence

The Rams player is quite active on social media platforms. He is on Instagram with 882k followers.

He usually shares his pictures on the field with his fellow teammates.

Moreover, he is on Twitter, with over 113.4k followers.

Donald often shares football-related news and game highlights.

He also promotes his foundation, AD99 Solutions, which focuses on providing athletic gear and opportunities to Pittsburgh youths.

Correspondingly, he boosts a start-up company called Ready Nutrition.

His fiancé is very supportive of him and often cheers him on from her Twitter handle.

She also helps stimulate his foundation and brands.