Sep 28, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) celebrates a sack during the second quarter against the Virginia Cavaliers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Pitt’s Aaron Donald wins Lombardi Award


Pittsburgh Panthers defensive tackle Aaron Donald put together an incredible season which earned him the honor of the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year and the 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner, but he wasn’t done racking up the hardware yet.

On Wednesday night in Houston, Donald was named the recipient of the Lombardi Award, which is handed out to the nation’s top lineman or linebacker by the Rotary Club of Houston.

“It is truly a blessing and an honor to receive such a great award,” Donald said. “I am so blessed.”

UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Alabama linebacker CJ Mosley and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam were the other finalists for the award.

“Aaron is a tremendous young man and a terrific athlete. He embodies everything the Rotary Lombardi Award is about,” Rotary Lombardi Award committee chair Brian Carr said. “ We are so proud to present Aaron as the latest winner and our newest member of the Lombardi Award family.”

Donald will have a chance to continue adding to his trophy case on Thursday night, when the Outland Trophy and Bednarik Award are handed out.

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