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Aaron Donald Favorite to Win NFL Defensive Player of Year for Third Time

Aaron Donald Favorite to Win NFL Defensive Player of Year for Third Time

Pitt alum Aaron Donald is the favorite to with the 2020 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, according to odds released on Wednesday by BetOnline.ag.

Donald, who won the award in 2017 and 2018 with the Los Angeles Rams, is the favorite to win it for a third time, with 7/1 odds posted for the former Pitt defensive tackle.

New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore won the award in 2019, breaking up Donald’s streak of dominance. Gilmore has 12/1 odds, following San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (9/1), Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (11/1) and Chicago Bears outside linebacker and 2016 winner Khalil Mack (12/1).

If Donald were to win the award for a third time, it would put him in elite company.

As it stands, he is just the seventh player to win the award multiple times, joining Joe Green, Lawrence Taylor, Mike Singletary, Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Ed Reed and J.J. Watt in that elite group.

Only Taylor and Watt have won the award three times, with Watt earning honors in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Watt, Mack, Donald, Gilmore and Terrell Suggs (2011) are the only active players to win the award following the retirement of 2013 winner Luke Kuechly.

Donald is the only Pitt alum to have won the award.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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