Aaron Donald makes huge donation to Pitt football

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Aaron Donald has plenty of money to share.

And he has chosen to share a portion of it with his alma mater.

The Rams defensive tackle has made what the University of Pittsburgh describes only as “a seven-figure financial commitment” to the Pitt Football Championship Fund.

The school said in a release that Donald was the youngest $1 million (or more) donor in the school’s history, and that the ground floor of their practice facility will be named the “Aaron Donald Football Performance Center.”

The 27-year-old defensive tackle signed a six-year extension with the Rams last year, which will pay him $135 million, with $87 million guaranteed.

“It was a dream come true to play for the University of Pittsburgh,” Donald said in a release. “My experience as a Panther is something that influences my life every day and I want to pay that forward. I believe in what coach [Pat] Narduzzi is building at Pitt and this was an opportunity for me to make a difference for our current and future players. Pitt will always be my school and I’m honored to be able to support the Blue and Gold.”

Donald still trains at the school’s facility in the offseason, and now it’s essentially his weight room, since it has his name on it.

16 responses to “Aaron Donald makes huge donation to Pitt football

  1. This guy really folded on the big stage under the lights. I had him as the best DL in the league, but I was wrong.

    The Pats OL dominated him and Suh.

  2. My issue is that it’s not really all his money. He’s going to get a tax deduction for this, so it’s average taxpayers helping to fund a workout center at Pitt, a wealthy eastern university.

  3. redlikethepig says:
    April 12, 2019 at 9:18 am
    My issue is that it’s not really all his money. He’s going to get a tax deduction for this, so it’s average taxpayers helping to fund a workout center at Pitt, a wealthy eastern university.

    How about the fact that he already coughing up 40% to the Fed govt on his earnings?

  4. He’s doing all the right things, add philanthropy to his resume, good for him. He is on the Hall of Fame track.

  5. sasattack, you are wrong. Pitt does not use the Steelers weight room. The building it identical on both sides. Steelers on left side, Pitt Football on right. The only thing they share are the fields.

  6. With charities doing positive good for humanity and struggling for money, he donates to a well established athletic department at a well established university. I would donate to a science department doing medical research that could benefit many people. He should donate to a group that is researching concussions and how to minimize their impact.

  7. As a former member of my university’s alumni board, when the football, basketball , ( hockey and lacrosse at some schools ) do well, alumni donations and applications up significantly.
    If this helps the athletic department it will have a multiplier effect on the finances of other departments and scholarships at Pitt.

  8. Whew, what a relief! Getting that financial aid should help the school out of its financial crisis and lower tuition costs. Oh wait, it’s only going to help those that are already blessed with amazing athletic ability on a full ride. Sounds about right.

  9. tylawspick6 says:
    April 12, 2019 at 8:59 am
    This guy really folded on the big stage under the lights. I had him as the best DL in the league, but I was wrong.

    The Pats OL dominated him and Suh.
    —————–
    You must have watched a different game than the rest of us – we saw a defensive struggle with D lines dominating O Lines. But, whatever.

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