Deebo Samuel not interested in conversing with Aaron Donald

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49ers receiver Deebo Samuel has never met Aaron Donald, but at least he didn’t respond with “Who? Who’s that?” when asked about his relationship (or lack thereof) with the Rams defensive tackle.

“No, I’m not pressed for a conversation,” Samuel said Thursday, via Dalton Johnson of

Donald, a three-time defensive player of the year, claimed last year not to know who Samuel was. Samuel responded with 17 catches for 199 yards and a touchdown in a sweep of the Rams in 2020.

Samuel clapped back at Donald on social media afterward.

“I don’t know the guy,” Samuel said Thursday. “Obviously, he don’t know who I am, which he should. I don’t know. I just don’t walk up to people and be like, ‘Hey, how you doing? I’m Deebo.’ I’m not that type of guy or whatever.

“He’s an opponent, so I don’t know why I would want to have a conversation with the guy. I just don’t. Not something I do.”

In the 49ers’ 31-10 victory over the Rams in Week 10 this season, Samuel had 133 total yards and a touchdown. He has never lost to the Rams, with the 49ers going 5-0, and Samuel gaining 404 yards and scoring four touchdowns on 39 touches.

“I think Deebo is different when he plays the Rams,” 49ers tight end George Kittle said. “There is a little bit of a disrespect there. I think Deebo is a hell of a football player and people should know who he is and what his name is.

“I don’t know if he tries a little extra in these games against the Rams or anything like that, but you can definitely feel his intensity. I think Deebo’s done a great job being consistent with that energy week in and week out this entire season, but I know that he’s going to bring it and do everything in his entire ability to win this game and I’m looking forward to seeing a spicy Deebo.”

8 responses to “Deebo Samuel not interested in conversing with Aaron Donald

  1. Everyone complains about the Patriot / Brady script of praising your opponents, whether you believe it or not. But this just shows why it’s the smart thing to do. No bulletin board material. Ever.

  2. Aaron Donald is a petty clown. He’s a non factor every time the Niners play them and he will continue to be this Sunday. Look for Deebo to have another monster day as he always does against the rams.

  3. These guys would probably be good friends if they ever got to know each other. They both play the game the way you would dream about. Samuel does everything great. He’d be one of my first team all pro’s. He catches, runs, blocks. Donald is the same. Not just a sack guy. Not just a run stopper. He’s a complete HOF D-Lineman. These guys obviously spend a lot of time working, so they probably shouldn’t have a lot of time for talk. But believe me, Aaron knows all about Deebo.

  4. “I don’t know. I just don’t walk up to people and be like, ‘Hey, how you doing? I’m Deebo.’ I’m not that type of guy or whatever.”

    No you’re not.

    Deebo is the kind of pathetic millennial who does all his jawing on social media instead of talking face to face, man to man.

  5. That seemed like a pretty honest and rational response to me. Maybe Deebo has said other dumb stuff, but that was a pretty great response.

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