Aaron Donald could retire if Rams win Super Bowl, per Rodney Harrison

Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports) /

Rodney Harrison stunned NFL fans when he said Rams star Aaron Donald will consider retirement if Los Angles wins Super Bowl 56.

The ultimate goal of every NFL player is winning a Super Bowl.

Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald is one win away from making that happen after accomplishing just about everything possible for a pro.

Could Sunday’s battle be the last one of his career?

That might not have seemed possible going into the game but Rodney Harrison dropped a bomb during the pregame broadcast on NBC when he revealed something Donald told him.

Aaron Donald could retire with a Rams victory in Super Bowl 56

He’s considering the prospect of retiring if he can achieve his Super Bowl dream.

“He told me this, if he wins a Super Bowl, there is a strong possibility that he could walk away from the game and retire,” Harrison said.

That’s definitely a topic that started trending immediately as fans processed the idea of Donald going out on top.

In one sense, it makes sense for Donald to check that last box and then enjoy retired life. He has been in the league for eight seasons and has made eight Pro Bowls. He was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2014 then went on to win three Defensive Player of the Year Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2020.

Despite a relatively short career, he could step away from the game and be a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer.

At the same time, players at all positions are finding ways to extend their careers beyond what would have been expected before. Donald will be 31 years old if he decides to play another season. He should have a lot left in the tank.

And if legacy is his primary driver, what’s better than one Super Bowl victory? Two.

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