Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
Aaron Donald, the 2017 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was named NFC Defensive Player of Month. About one hour later, he would be named a Pro Football Focus All-Pro Team. Donald became the only Los Angeles Rams player to be named to the All-Pro Team.
Donald has had one impressive season after agreeing to a record-breaking new contract this past offseason. During the regular season, Donald was everything that as advertised about him and worth every penny. In Week #16, Donald sacked Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen for the second time breaking the single-season record for defensive tackles with his 18.5 sack of the season.
Keith Millard, the former Minnesota Vikings record stood for some 29 years until Donald not only broke the record but also extended his record. Donald finished the game with nine totaled tackles (seven solos), four tackles for losses, four quarterback hits, and three sacks.
Donald's tremendous effort surpassing Millard's record, came to an end against the 49ers as all eyes were on him breaking Michael Strahan's single record of 22.5 sacks last Sunday. Donald fell short as he was only able to sack 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens once in the game.
Donald finished the regular season with 59 total tackles (30 for losses), 20.5 sacks, 106 quarterback pressures, 21 hits on the quarterback, one pass deflection, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
Despite falling short to Strahan's record, Donald has rewritten the record book of sacks by a defensive tackle. His new sack record potentially has helped him established a firm stance of being named the 2018 NFL MVP.