Something that Von Miller said once that stuck with me was that he wanted to play in the NFL long enough for his son—who was born last year—to be able to have memories of watching him play. Now, will Aaron Donald stick in the NFL and stay with the L.A. Rams long enough to make Kayvon Thibodeaux’s dream come true of playing alongside him become a reality?
Towards the end of the 2018 Super Bowl season, Thibodeaux—a pass rusher out of the University of Oregon who is expected to go as high as number one and guaranteed to slot inside the top-ten—retweeted a video of Aaron Donald and wrote “I want to either get drafted or traded to the rams—100 that’s a dream come true”.
Make it happen, Les.
I want to either get drafted or traded to the rams that’s a dream come true https://t.co/FNzG6lxezK— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) December 30, 2018
A five-star defensive end recruit in 2019 out of Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, a community near Thousand Oaks in the northwest part of L.A. county, Thibodeaux was the number one pass rushing prospect in the country three years ago. He chose Oregon over Alabama, citing a better educational program with the Ducks.
“I already hate the stigmatism of football players being dumb jocks,” Thibodeaux said. “So now, do you know the stigmatism [sic] of Alabama education? It ain’t the west coast. It ain’t Harvard.”
In addition to taking shots at Alabama’s lack of a reputation for stellar classroom work, Thibodeaux noted that he wants to play for premier organizations like the Nike-backed system at Oregon. Which NFL franchises right now are considered to be better organizations than Thibodeaux’s hometown Rams?
Rams go get that man— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) September 7, 2019
“If I go to Alabama, I’m gonna win national championships,” Thibodeaux said. “But do I want to be a guy who’s known to be a national champion winner, or do I want to be a guy who’s known for being a part of one of the greatest organizations in the world?”
Thibodeaux posted nine sacks and 14 tackles for a loss as a true freshman, and three sacks with 9.5 TFL in a shortened 2020 Pac-12 season. He finished last season with 12 tackles for a loss and seven sacks, with some saying he was too “inconsistent” to warrant his status as the number one player in this class. However, few prospects in history offer a combination of size, athleticism, and production at the edge positions than Thibodeaux.
He won’t be a member of the Rams this year or next year, and probably not the year after that (because of players like Jalen Ramsey though, you can’t rule it out for Snead), but hey, he’s even confident enough to make the first move.
It’s been said that there “are no Rams fans.” Clearly, we’ve got at least one right here. If he slides over to L.A. again one day, he’ll surely make at least a few more people into Rams fans when he does.
Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux says he watched a ton of Von Miller — “growing up, YouTube was a thing” — to help shape him as a pass-rusher. pic.twitter.com/L4Kas40RQj— Greg Auman (@gregauman) March 4, 2022
Here are other times that Thibodeaux has tweeted about his hometown Rams.
So who’s got the patriots? Cuz I got the rams .— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) January 31, 2019
“Saints gone beat the Rams”— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) January 20, 2019
Everybody from LA: The SAINTS??!?!! pic.twitter.com/bSO2EZYZXu
Can’t wait to move back to LA once chipped up— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) October 23, 2019
Lol I bet the whole east side of LA playin the YG Go Loko— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) May 3, 2019
La the only place where you can base yo outfit off of just looking out the window— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) March 11, 2019
LA on Top!— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) January 21, 2019
This has LA written all over it https://t.co/Hxl6EZuX5f— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) September 28, 2018
The la times have a sense of humor pic.twitter.com/tP2RDn0xJ2— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) December 30, 2016
What's the worst part about LA?— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) May 23, 2017
What's the best part of LA?— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) May 23, 2017
Everybody wanna be able to claim some part of LA County ♂️ ♂️— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) June 5, 2017
If you live in LA the 4th of July is year round...especially on the east side— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) June 27, 2017
Just realized I already spent my last days in LA— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) December 28, 2018
Finally back in LA— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) April 18, 2016