Aaron Donald explains why he decided to retire from the NFL

Why did the future Hall of Famer decide to hang up the cleats?

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Los Angeles Rams fans are still emotional when they think about a Rams season without Aaron Donald terrorizing the quarterback. Unfortunately, fans will have to adjust to a Rams roster without Donald on it, as the 10-year vet announced his retirement from the NFL last week.

Sean McVay shared how his now former player revealed to him that he was ready to retire but now Donald himself has shared why he decided to step away from the game.

Why did Aaron Donald decide to retire?

Donald starts the interview with all of his accomplishments during his 10-year career, which started out in St. Louis when the Rams still called that part of the country home. He was there for two years before the Rams moved to Los Angeles and he never wore another uniform.

After listing all of his accomplishments, which include 10 Pro Bowls (one for each season he spent in the league), eight All-Pros, and two Super Bowl appearances (one win, one loss), Donald says he just feels as though he's done everything he set out to do.

"I'm complete. I'm full. I think the passion to play the game is no longer there for me. I will always love football, but to think about going through camp and going through another 17 [game] season. I just don't have the urge to want to push myself to do that no more."

He continues by saying that while he'll always love football, he's burnt out and believes it's time for him to move on.

"I'm burnt out, if anything. The best way to say it is that I'm full. I'm complete. I'm satisfied with what I was able to do in 10 years. I think it's time for me, at 32 years old, to retire from football and jump into the next step of my career and my life. It's time to move on."

Rams fans wish Aaron Donald the best in whatever he chooses to do next in his career.