Pitt alum Aaron Donald was named a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press for the fifth straight year on Friday. The Los Angeles Rams star was one vote shy of a second straight unanimous selection, as he earned 49 first-team votes from the 50-person panel.
This season, Donald posted the second-highest sack total of his career, with 12.5. He was also tied for the league lead in tackles for losses, with 20, and safeties, with one. In addition, Donald accrued 48 total tackles, 24 QB hits, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery over 16 games.
On Nov. 10, 2019, Donald returned to Heinz Field for the first time since his playing days at Pitt, and he recorded a sack and a safety. However, one of his best games of the season came the following week, when his team faced the Chicago Bears and logged a 17-7 win. In that game, he had two sacks, four QB hits, four tackles and a pass breakup, and he was named NFC Player of the Week as a result.
Donald is the first player in NFL history to earn first-team All-Pro selections in five of their first six seasons in the league. The defensive lineman has also earned a trip to the Pro Bowl every year since entering the league in 2014.