Nobody in the NFL gets more respect right now than Aaron Donald. Not everybody says that Patrick Mahomes is the best quarterback in the NFL. Not everybody believes that Derrick Henry has the same amount of value. But nobody would argue against Donald as the best defensive tackle, few would argue against him as the best defensive player overall, and some know that he should be in the conversation for MVP.
Donald finished with 13.5 sacks in 2020, but the Rams finished with 53 as a team and it is obvious that Leonard Floyd’s 10.5 sacks, Morgan Fox’s six, and definitely Troy Reeder’s three-sack game all owe credit to the player who made it possible. Great leaders motivate their teammates through inspiration and what could be more inspirational than the work it takes to make six straight first team all-pro rosters by redefining what a defensive tackle could literally look like.
I know that Mahomes is in better physical condition and able to do so many things that his eighties counterparts couldn’t do, but imagine if all that was true but he also had biceps like David Boston. A comic book version of Mahomes would be launching 600 yard passes with arms built like jackhammers. Aaron Donald is the comic book version of Aaron Donald already. The comic book version of Aaron Donald would have to be more like an anti-hero who secretly wants to live a mild-mannered life and be left alone.
Donald again saved the world from the Seahawks on Saturday during LA’s 30-20 win in Seattle and more than a few of his peers had words to say, as well those who played long before him and have witnessed most of the greats.
Aaron Donald plays his position better than anyone plays theirs— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) January 9, 2021
Howie Long: "When it's all said and done, Aaron Donald will be the greatest defensive tackle to ever play the game."— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) January 9, 2021
He’s. A. Problem..... AD is a whole different breed. We haven’t seen one like him. @AaronDonald97 He doesn’t have to win DPOY every year, but they should name it after him when he retires.— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) January 9, 2021
Out of all the great players I’ve ever had the privilege of playing against, Aaron Donald was my favorite. A true superstar that gets his shine from doing all of the dirty work and leads by example. He’s a nightmare to play against.— Douglas Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) January 9, 2021
Some non-NFL players also had some words of praise for Donald.
Bout to time for the Rams to reconstruct Aaron Donald deal and give that man one of them Patrick Mahomes type bag!!! Just saying tho...— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) January 10, 2021
Aaron Donald just beat Mike Iupati and Damien Lewis, two of the biggest, strongest guards in the league for sacks. He beat them both with power, not quickness. Donald’s ability to keep blockers guessing is truly unique. Never know what he’s bringing.— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) January 9, 2021
Can we PLEASE find an award for Aaron Donald...AKA the best player in the NFL?— Cousin Sal (@TheCousinSal) January 9, 2021