Defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been excellent for the Los Angeles Rams ever since he was selected by the squad in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Since then, he has been a seven-time First-Team All-Pro and an eight-time Pro Bowler.
He has also been the league’s Defensive Player of the Year three times.
More importantly, Donald helped bring a Super Bowl championship to the franchise.
After winning the only achievement that has eluded him, the former Pitt Panther seriously considered retirement.
However, he was convinced to chase more titles, especially after receiving more guaranteed money in his existing contract.
But aside from getting more dollars to keep, he is now on the same level with one of the best quarterbacks of all time.
The K I N G S of the Madden 99 Club 👑@AaronDonald97 ties Peyton Manning for the most #99Club appearances 👏 pic.twitter.com/N5vayzmXEt
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) July 21, 2022
FOX Sports: NFL tweeted, “The K I N G S of the Madden 99 Club. @AaronDonald97 ties Peyton Manning for the most #99Club appearances.”
Both Donald and Manning have six inclusions to the 99 Club.
Donald deserves that ranking after a season with a career-high 84 total tackles and 12.5 sacks.
He is also the anchor of the elite Rams defense that also has Leonard Floyd, Jalen Ramsey, and Bobby Wagner.
On the other end, Manning is the league’s only five-time Most Valuable Player awardee, unless Aaron Rodgers wins another one.
He has won Super Bowls for two different teams and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021.
Donald Will Chase A Special Achievement
If winning one Super Bowl is already a tremendous achievement, getting two further solidifies his credentials for Canton.
Likewise, the Rams would be the first team to win consecutive Super Bowls since the New England Patriots in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
Therefore, getting back-to-back titles would add to Donald’s legend as one of the best defensive players of all time.NEXT: 3 Things That Could Cause Aaron Donald To Retire Next Offseason