Aaron Donald Reveals The One Thing That Would Have Forced Him To Retire From NFL

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Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald wouldn’t be in the NFL if head coach Sean McVay left the team.

Following the Rams winning the Super Bowl, there was speculation that the young coach might to take a TV job.

Aaron Donald talks about not retiring. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

The situation never materialized and McVay is back in Los Angeles to run it back. If the Super Bowl winning coach had taken a TV job, however, Donald’s time in the NFL would be over.

Aaron Donald would have retired if Sean McVay left the team. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

When asked by the NFL Network if Donald would be playing if McVay had taken a TV job and left the Rams, the NFL superstar responded, “Not at all. Not at all. If Sean ain’t here — I told Sean when he first got here. We came up with some things early and I first told him as long as he’s the head coach here, I want to continue to build my legacy with him. As long as he’s here and I got the ability to still play at a high level, I’m going to be here. When he’s gone and it’s all said and done, that probably will be when I’m hanging it up, too.”

When will Aaron Donald retire? (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Donald agreed to a revised contract that will pay him $95 million over the next three years.

So, he’s still very much in the NFL and a wealthy man thanks to his absurd skills on the field.

Aaron Donald was ready to retire if Sean McVay had left the Rams. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

However, it sounds like none of that would have happened if McVay had done the unthinkable by stepping away at the age of 36.

Instead, McVay stayed committed to the Rams and is now gearing up with Donald and Matthew Stafford to see if they can win back-to-back Lombardis.

If you’re a fan of the Rams, you have to be happy about that!

Aaron Donald discusses decision to not retire. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Now, how much football does Donald have left in him? Time will tell, but as long as McVay is still in Los Angeles, he’ll stick it out a bit longer!

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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  1. Really handy player, who can build a helluva lot for 95m, but it tells you the focus of a player who talks about their own legcy, while still playing.
    It’s just another game, another notch on my lifetime achievement an if it happens to benefit the Rams, then aren’t they lucky! What a world, no loyalty from any direction for a long time now. Any wonder fans are becoming ambivalent.

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