PITTSBURGH — On Friday, Pittsburgh football legend Aaron Donald was honored by Mayor Ed Gainey with an official proclamation that declared March 4 as ‘Aaron Donald Day’ in the city.
Check out what Gainey, Donald, and more had to say during the ceremony in downtown Pittsburgh.
“Aaron Donald is a native son of Pittsburgh and grew up in the Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar neighborhood,” Gainey stated. “Whereas Aaron Donald was a standout athlete at Penn Hills high school, was selected first team class AAA in each of his final two seasons, and was rated the 37th best defensive tackle in the nation. Whereas choosing to stay close to home, Aaron went on to play football at the University of Pittsburgh, was named an All Big East selection, a 2013 recipient of the NCAA Outland Trophy for the top interior lineman, a 2013 Lombardi award recipient, a 2013 Bronco Nagurski recipient, that was recognized as a unanimous All-American. And whereas Aaron Donald is a Super Bowl champion. Is an eight-time pro bowl selection, seven-time all pro selection, three-time defensive player of the year, and current defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams.”
“Whereas wanting to impact the lives early and with more lasting results Aaron launched AD99 Solutions in 2019 to prepare Pittsburgh’s underpriveleged youth for life-long success,” Gainey continued. “And whereas the mission of AD 99 Solutions is to change the trajectory of Pittsburgh’s most vulnerable youth by providing necessary resources and a free, safe environment where they can be empowered to excel academically, socially, and athletically. Now therefore, I, Ed Gainey, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, congratulate you, congratulate your family, for today and forever more will be known in this city as Aaron Donald Day.”
“[Pittsburgh is] a city that I love, I come back here every year training and my family is here, so this seems surreal,”Donald said after the proclamation from the mayor. “This is a dream. Being a kid, five or six years old, this is just a dream that I never thought could happen. It started with football, football blessed me to do so much more and motivate so many others, so to be here now, receiving this in my city? This is my city, man. This is real. I just appreciate it and I love the city of Pittsburgh and I love you guys for honoring me with something like this, I love my family for being here, my kids, so this is truly special to me. There is so much that comes with this sport, so much that comes with what we do, but we motivate so many young kids in different areas of the city. To be a role model to so many, it’s a blessing. I can’t thank you enough.”