Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald recently received quite the praise from Aaron Rodgers.
Just look at how the five-time Pro Bowler is coming off a second year in a row consisting of taking home Defensive Player of the Year honors, and it’s clear the Rams have quite a special player in Donald.
After coming off another career season in which he recorded 20.5 sacks along with helping Los Angeles earn a trip to the Super Bowl, all eyes will be on Donald to see what the defender does for an encore in 2019.
One can only imagine how difficult it would be for any player to top the kind of season Donald put together in 2018, but with the Rams star having one of the best work ethics in the NFL, it’s certainly possible.
Recently, Chris Simms conducted an interview with Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, who is arguably considered one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the league when healthy.
One of the topics asked by Simms was who Rodgers viewed as the best player he’s ever faced on the defensive side of the football, in which the Packers quarterback responded to his former teammate in Charles Woodson.
However, Rodgers still managed to reward Donald with some pretty high praise he clearly deserves by acknowledging the kind of impact the defender makes every game.
Here’s what Rodgers had to say about Donald, courtesy of the folks from Pro Football Talk:
"“Literally your entire game plan is stopping him,” Rodgers said. “That’s all you think about. Where’s 99 going? Are we sliding to him? Are we inserting? We gotta slow him down. He’s that dominant and I’ve never seen a guy that dominant who’s not . . . He’s not like imposing. Like Charles was a big corner, [Julius] Peppers is a giant, inhuman. Donald, he’s not like a guy you walk on the field and go ‘whoo.’ But you play him and he’s incredible. Incredible.”"
As mentioned by Pro Football Talk, Rodgers was the victim of playing against Donald last season during a 29-27 loss to the Rams in which he was sacked twice, and while these two won’t meet during the 2019 season, there’s always the chance in January.
Rodgers has seen some of the best defenders throughout the course of his career, and taken all sorts of hits, some of which even resulted in unfortunate injuries.
Seeing a respected quarterback in Rodgers give another player like Donald the same level of respect is just another example of the rare kind of talent the Rams have on the defensive side of the football.
Best part is, after signing a six-year extension last summer, Los Angeles has the perfect opportunity to continue watching Donald cause all sorts of havoc for years to come.