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May 9, 2014
The Aaron Donald archive
Aaron Donald became Pitt's 25th first-round draft pick Thursday night, but Panther-Lair.com's coverage of the Penn Hills native started a long time before his name was called. Here's a look back at some of the content we've produced over the course of Donald's career.
April 23, 2009 - "After the first time I went down there, I fell in love with Pitt. It's really the perfect fit."
Pitt lands DT target
May 18, 2010 - "I'm a hard-worker, tough football player. I'm somebody that will come down there and make a difference. I committed to Pitt to go down there and show them what I can do."
Getting to know: Aaron Donald
November 28, 2012 - "To do it constantly, every game, I think that's the mark of heck of a football player, and that's what he is. You truly appreciate that."
Donald keeps stepping up for Pitt
July 8, 2013 - Donald never expected to garner such recognition - "Not at all," he said Monday - but his approach hasn't changed. "You can't focus on all of that, because you still have to go out there and play football."
Honors aside, Donald focuses on football
November 19, 2013 - Donald doesn't fit the bill of a playmaking lineman, since he stands just around six feet tall and weighs less than 300 pounds. But game after game, Donald is a presence in the trenches, keying Pitt's defensive attack and drawing the attention of every offensive coordinator and line coach from New Mexico to Syracuse.
Disruptive Donald adds more honors
November 24, 2013 - The thing is, Donald's "job" isn't exactly the same as anyone else's, it seems. On more than one occasion this season, the senior defensive tackle has looked like a man on a mission, intent on single-handedly bringing him team back from a deficit and pushing himself to do more when the team wasn't succeeding.
After week of honors, Donald shows up
November 26, 2013 - He might be dead last in the country when it comes to boasting about his numbers, and he still finds a way to stay focused despite all the hype.
Donald stays focused despite awards
December 2, 2013 - Aaron Donald's 2013 season highlights
December 4-18, 2013 - The awards
ACC Defensive Player of the Year
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (the nation's most outstanding defensive player)
ACC Coaches Defensive Player of the Year
Rotary Lombardi Award (the nation's top lineman on either side of the ball)
The Outland Trophy (top interior lineman) and The Bednarik Award (top defensive player)
Associated Press All-America First Team
December 13, 2013 - Dorsett, Green and Fitzgerald are the only other players in Pitt history to win at least two major national awards. Dorsett, Green and Fitzgerald have something else in common as well: They have all had their numbers retired at Pitt.
Should Pitt retire No. 97?
February 23, 2014 - At the NFL Combine
March 4, 2014 - "When I'm retired someday, when I'm done playing football, that's when I'll be relaxing and look back at some things. But right now I still have a lot of work to do."
Despite accolades, Donald is still the same
May 8, 2014 - On Thursday night, Donald didn't have to wait that long to hear his name called on a national stage.
The St. Louis Rams select Aaron Donald with the 13th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft