Aaron Donald, now 30, is feeling 30

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32-year-old Von Miller says he doesn’t feel like he’s 32. 30-year-old Aaron Donald says he feels like he’s 30.

“I’m getting older,” the Rams defensive tackle told reporters on Wednesday. “I feel it. My aches and pains last a little longer, so I definitely feel it.” (Based on the video, it seems he wasn’t being sarcastic about it.)

Rams coach Sean McVay disagrees with Donald’s self-assessment.

“No, I do not,” the Rams coach said when asked whether he sees a difference in Donald at 30. “He looks pretty damn good to me. He has got that same look in his eye. He looks good. He had a good first day. We know that he’s working hard. I think he’s going to pick up right where he left off and what he has done, since I’ve been fortunate enough to be around him, has been pretty spectacular. He is one-of-one.”

Having him around is both a good thing and a bad thing. As Rams G.M. Les Snead said in an appearance on PFT Live during Donald’s annual boycotting of the offseason program while seeking his current contract, Donald is so good that he can easily destroy a walk-through practice, making it harder for the offense to get its reps in.

4 responses to “Aaron Donald, now 30, is feeling 30

  1. Time flies. I wish I could feel 30 again. Heck, going from 40 to 48 has been a pain…

  2. Not surprising when you play the position that Aaron plays. I’m 29, nearing 30, and still in athletic shape (football shape but no football body, I do track and field workouts now) I still feel and look 22.

    Football is rough on the body and that’s before the pro level. There’s a lot of clashing in the trenches. Now add in guys that are 280-330lbs, have the strength to match, and they’re throwing their bodies at each other. Yeah those aches add up.

    Reason why I still think NFL players (the ones who will have long careers) should take a season off after like six years. Rest and heal. It did Ricky Williams well in the long term.

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