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NFL Superstar Aaron Donald Donates to Pitt Football

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Pitt star Aaron Donald.

Almost nobody gives back to Pitt football like Aaron Donald. The Aaron Donald Football Performance Center at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex is named for a reason.

Donald, who starred at Penn Hills and Pitt before going onto a Hall of Fame career with the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL (which is still ongoing), has given back to Pitt on Day of Giving in each of the last years.

It’s no different in 2024 as he’s made an undisclosed donation to the Pitt Football Championship Fund — one of 96 donors who have raised well over $200,000 dollars for the football program.

The Football Championship Fund is a way for anyone to give back to the program.

“The Pitt Football program has a storied history with nine National Championships, and our program is built through support by donors, like you,” the Pitt Day of Giving website said. “Making a gift to the Pitt Football Championship Fund will directly assist our program with vital facility enhancements, recruiting, team functions, and the success of our student-athletes on the field and in the classroom. We are incredibly grateful for your support. Hail to Pitt!”

Pitt Day of Giving tends to draw successful alumni out of the woodwork, which has been the case with Donald over the years. He made $200,000 donations in each of the last two seasons, and Pat Narduzzi donated to the Championship Fund earlier Tuesday.

Donald was a first round pick out of Pitt in 2014, following an All-American four-year career in Pittsburgh. He racked up 181 tackles (115 solo), 66 tackles for loss, 29.5 sacks, forced six fumbles and defended 10 passes during his career.

Donald’s senior campaign of 59 tackles (43 solo), 28.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, four forced fumbles and three passes defended rounded out one of the best defensive efforts in Pitt history — and college football history.

Donald, a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, has bounced back in 2023 after an injury-plagued 2022 season forced him to miss six games.

In nearly 10 seasons, he’s tacked up 543 tackles (340 solo), 176 tackles for loss, 111 sacks, 24 forced fumbles and seven recoveries and 21 pass breakups — cementing himself as one of the greats at just 32.

Donald has made the Pro Bowl every season of his career, and after the latest All-Pro nod, he’s been honored as the best at his position all but twice in his career — his rookie season (in which he won Defensive Rookie of the Year) and last season (missed six games).

Donald is the only Pitt Panther to be named to the 2024 Pro Bowl and the only Panther named to the All-Pro team.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Tom D
Tom D
1 month ago

Its “The Great Aaron Donald” to you

katuracassells@gmail.com
katuracassells@gmail.com
1 month ago

One of the greatest ,defensive football players of any era. There are only, at best, 3 or 4 defensive tackles on his level in the past decade. Giving where his heart is. H2P!

Toledo Window Box
Toledo Window Box
1 month ago

Glad Pitt has a Donald to be proud of. H2P!

sousesider
sousesider
1 month ago

thank you Aaron….

NoFaultWalt
NoFaultWalt
1 month ago

96 donors with just over 200K raised… this is why we are a substandard program. AD needs to step it up on the donation side

Fred
Fred
1 month ago
Reply to  NoFaultWalt

How much did you kick in? Let me guess. Probably nothing, right? I thought so.

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