LA Rams Aaron Donald and Sean McVay squelch retirement rumors

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Before the LA Rams competed in Super Bowl LVI, the number of retirees leaving the team suddenly ballooned from two: DB Eric Weddle and OT Andrew Whitworth; to four: HC Sean McVay and DL Aaron Donald. Of course, the news reporting before the Super Bowl had to fill about 12 hours of programming with about four hours of fresh content.

The first clarification of whether or not he will retire after this Super Bowl win was confirmed in this post-game interview at the 4:00 mark:

"Question: All right, so you got the Super Bowl ring. In the offseason, you’re going to get a wedding ring. (McVay jokes about getting at least one ring). You’re good to go. There were reports out there that if Sean McVay wins Super Bowl LVI could walk away at age 36 from coaching. Is that happening?McVay: “No. No. No. I’m so happy for this team right now. I’m so happy to be associated with it. We’re going to enjoy tonight. I’m not going to remember any of it.”- Per NFL Network live interview of LA Rams head coach Sean McVay after his Super Bowl LVI victory"

And if you need proof? The interview is embedded in the social media account below:

So what about the statement of Aaron Donald about retirement after a Super Bowl LVI win? As expected, it was a statement from Aaron Donald’s heart that he could walk away happy if he finally won a Super Bowl.

Donald denies retirement

But after the victory? Aaron Donald committed to remaining with the LA Rams as long as the team is led by head coach Sean McVay.

Now that the work is over, and that the team has crossed that barrier from wanting a Super Bowl victory to celebrating a Super Bowl victory, the emotions and tensions are subsiding greatly. This is no longer a focused passionate and anxious team. This is a team that has made the claim to the top of the NFL and is happy to take in the glorious view.

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There are no questions about DB Eric Weddle’s retirement. And, with the win, I cannot see Andrew Whitworth coming back for another season. There is a possibility. But seriously. How can he possibly top being named Walter Payton Man of the Year and earning his first Super Bowl ring?

The work to rebuild the roster for a run at Super Bowl LVII starts soon. But for now, the entire LA Rams organization is going to pause, take a deep breath, and savor the moment. They are the NFL Champions. And they most certainly earned it.

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