Aaron Donald, the formidable defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams, has earned the admiration of Najee Harris from the Pittsburgh Steelers. During their Week 7 game, observant fans noticed that Najee Harris had a few interactions with Aaron Donald. However, Harris clarified that there were no confrontations between them during the game. Following Pittsburgh’s 24-17 victory on the road, Harris made an unexpected revelation, as reported by Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Aaron Donald has left an indelible mark on the Rams ever since his rookie year in 2014. In that debut season, he received the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award for his impressive statistics, which included 48 tackles, nine sacks, 18 tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles while playing for the then-St. Louis Rams.
Since then, Donald has established himself as one of the league’s top defensive linemen. His standout season came in 2018, where he notched an incredible 20.5 sacks and 25 tackles for loss.
Over his illustrious 10-year NFL career, Aaron Donald has accumulated a remarkable seven First-Team All-Pro selections and eight Pro Bowl appearances. This three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year played a pivotal role in the Rams’ victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.
Najee Harris’s recognition of Aaron Donald’s outstanding career led him to seek an autograph from the defensive star during Week 7. Whether Harris made this request in earnest or in a lighthearted manner, it still reflects his admiration for one of the most exceptional defensive players of their generation.
Najee Harris wasn’t the sole Steelers player to express their respect for Aaron Donald before the game. Pittsburgh’s quarterback, Kenny Pickett, also praised Donald’s greatness in the lead-up to their Week 7 showdown.
The Steelers’ strategy of avoiding Aaron Donald during the Week 7 game proved to be a successful tactic. Pittsburgh secured a 24-17 victory, putting an end to their 10-game losing streak in Los Angeles.