Aaron Donald ate his way out of being a running back

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Aaron Donald has become the best defensive player in football while playing defensive tackle.

But the two-time reigning defensive player of the year wasn’t always a defensive tackle. In fact, Donald didn’t envision himself playing defense at all.

It was his love for food that steered Donald to the defensive line.

“I mean I grew up playing you know like middle linebacker since Little League, so growing up I always thought I would play running back you know,” Donald said on PFT Live on Thursday. “But I ate my way out of that position, so you know I started playing defensive line probably around 12 or 13 and just been stuck there ever since.”

Donald won’t win defensive player of the year for a third consecutive year with Chandler Jones or Stephon Gilmore expected to take the title Saturday night at NFL Honors. But Donald still finished a fifth consecutive All-Pro season with 12.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

5 responses to “Aaron Donald ate his way out of being a running back

  1. Lazy player – only shows up in the regular season and totally disappears in the playoffs. Last year he was totally outplayed by Donkey Kong. This guy cannot be considered great. The great ones make big plays in the playoffs and this guy took a nap.

  2. It’s good that he came to that conclusion on his own and didn’t involve someone having to tell him to stop pigging out.

  3. lesepi says:
    January 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm
    Lazy player –

    Actually he is one of the most hard working players in the league.

    Haters will hate!

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