Los Angeles Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s decision on his playing future is perhaps the biggest storyline for the franchise this offseason coming off of their victory in the Super Bowl. Donald has reportedly been considering retirement, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. However, the All-Pro pass rusher also hasn’t ruled out a return to the Rams, so long as they are constructed to continue competing for championships. In a recent interview with Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated, Donald floated the idea of possibly emulating NBA legend Michael Jordan with this shocking career move.
For now, he’s considering all options. He doesn’t rule out leaving football for a season or two and coming back, the way that Jordan did. He also doesn’t dismiss playing for multiple seasons.
Per Bishop, Aaron Donald isn’t ruling out an early retirement, which would allow him to take a year or two off of football, just as Michael Jordan did when he left the NBA to go play baseball. Jordan left on top of his game, as he had just completed his first three-peat with the Chicago Bulls and was seen as the best player in the league.
Similarly, Donald is coming off of a championship and is widely regarded as the best player in the NFL. While a permanent retirement is on the board as well, Bishop did stress in his interview that all options are on the table for Donald this offseason.
His decision could ultimately be the next league-altering move, just as Michael Jordan’s announcement to go play baseball was.