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Pitt Alumnus Aaron Donald Makes 7-Figure Commitment To Pitt

'It was a dream come true to play for the University of Pittsburgh'

April 12, 2019 - 9:47 am

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - All-Pro defensive tackle and former Pitt All-American Aaron Donald is giving back, in a big way, to his alma mater.

The Los Angeles Ram has made a seven-figure financial commitment to the Pitt Football Championship Fund, the university announced Friday.

To recognize the donation, the ground floor of Pitt’s Duratz Athletic Complex practice facility will be renamed the “Aaron Donald Football Performance Center.” “This area includes the Panthers’ locker room, athletic training room and weight room, where Donald still trains during the NFL offseason.”

In a statement from the university Donald who played at Pitt from 2010-13 said, “My experience as a Panther is something that influences my life every day and I want to pay that forward. I believe in what Coach Narduzzi is building at Pitt and this was an opportunity for me to make a difference for our current and future players. Pitt will always be my school and I’m honored to be able to support the Blue and Gold.” 

“The wonderful thing about Aaron is how he shares his success with others. Even while playing for the Los Angeles Rams, he remains passionately invested in both Pitt and Pittsburgh. The work he puts in daily at Pitt shows our student-athletes the commitment necessary to succeed at the next level. Aaron’s gift to Pitt football truly comes from the heart and we are tremendously grateful for his generous commitment to our football program’s future. As a player and person, Aaron Donald continues to set the highest of standards of what it means to be a Panther,” said Athletic Director Heather Lyke.

Donald, Penn Hills High School alum, was selected 13th overall in the 2014 draft, is a four-time All-Pro selection and led the Rams to the Super Bowl last season. Donald has won the NFL Defensive Play of the Year the past two seasons.

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