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Rams HC Sean McVay recalls moment Aaron Donald nearly left him in a state of absolute shock

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Aaron Donald reached the pinnacle of his pro career when he helped the Los Angeles Rams win the Super Bowl 56. Shortly before the Rams took on Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals on the grandest stage of football last February, a report came out that Donald was mulling over the possibility of walking away from the game. That certainly caught Rams head coach Sean McVay by surprise, as you could tell from his words during a recent appearance on The Open Mike Podcast.

(h/t Nate Bouda of NFL Trade Rumors)

“I didn’t know about that until after the game, which is a good thing because I might’ve had a panic attack,” McVay said, via the Open Mike podcast.“Sometimes ignorance is bliss. He has earned the right to be able to get rewarded accordingly and having some really good ball ahead of him in a Rams uniform and when he decides he’s done, then I’ll be done, too. I’m kidding.”

Fortunately for McVay and the Rams, Donald is still with the team, having signed a fresh 3-year contract extension with the team earlier this June.

Donald’s value to the Rams can’t be understated. Arguably the most disruptive defensive force of his generation, Donald has been a First-Team AP All-Pro in all but one season since he joined the NFL in 2014. In the 2021 NFL campaign, Donald recorded 12.5 sacks and a career-high 84 total tackles for the Rams’ defense that gave up only 21.3 points per game.