‘Need to proceed constructing my legacy with him’

Regardless of retirement rumors latching onto Rams defensive deal with Aaron Donald within the lead as much as Tremendous Bowl LVI and following him within the wake of Los Angeles’ championship victory, the league’s greatest DT in the end determined to come back again to the blue and yellow.

Speaking with NFL Community’s Andrew Siciliano and Maurice Jones-Drew throughout Coaching Camp: Again Collectively Saturday, Donald revealed that his determination on giving it one other go wouldn’t have been the identical if Sean McVay didn’t return as head coach.

“Under no circumstances. Under no circumstances,” Donald mentioned when requested whether or not he’d be at camp if McVay had retired to work in tv. “If Sean ain’t right here — I instructed Sean when he first bought right here. We got here up with some issues early and I first instructed him so long as he is the pinnacle coach right here, I wish to proceed to construct my legacy with him. So long as he is right here and I bought the flexibility to nonetheless play at a excessive degree, I will be right here. When he is gone and it is all mentioned and performed, that most likely shall be once I’m hanging it up, too.”

The legacy constructed to date between McVay and Donald has been nothing wanting exemplary. McVay assumed head teaching duties of the Rams in 2017 throughout Donald’s fourth season as a professional.

Since then, Donald has individually gained three AP NFL Defensive Participant of the 12 months awards, compiled 70 sacks and compelled 19 fumbles. He is been far and away essentially the most dominant pass-rushing deal with, and he at present ranks second behind T.J. Watt (72) in sacks since 2017.

McVay has earned his accolades as properly, profitable AP NFL Coach of the 12 months in his first season on the helm.

As a group, the Rams have gained 55 regular-season video games, captured three NFC West titles, reached two Tremendous Bowls and gained one through the McVay-Donald period.

By June, each McVay and Donald have been all-in on 2022, with the Rams star DT agreeing to a restructured contract that assured him $65 million over the subsequent two seasons and $95 million by way of 2024.

Their fates not within the stability, the 2 juggernauts of their sport at the moment are intent on defending as champions.

“It is all the time going to be motivation to do the whole lot you may to get again,” Donald mentioned. “That is the final word objective. That is what you’re employed for. If you’re grinding and out right here working proper now, that is behind your thoughts. To attempt to do the whole lot you may to have an important season and attempt to be the final group standing.”

The Rams shall be a menace to outlast each different group within the NFL for so long as McVay and Donald are on the town.

After that? Maybe the pinnacle coach and defensive deal with will enterprise into the realm of TV collectively.

“I wish to be a part of The Rock,” Donald jokingly instructed Siciliano on the finish of his interview. “I wish to be an actor.”