We already knew the answer, but Los Angeles Rams all-everything defensive tackle Aaron Donald wanted to reassure reporters on a video call Thursday that he was in shape by posting a recent picture of himself shirtless in a major flex as his background. Never mind that he was seated in front of the Herculean background in a t-shirt that showed off his jacked physique.
“I’m working out in the dungeon, my dad’s basement,” Donald said from his hometown of Pittsburgh.
Donald typically trains at the University of Pittsburgh but facilities are closed because of COVID-19 pandemic. He was part of a major accomplishment at Pitt this spring, earning his Bachelor’s degree in communications after years of online courses.
“It was a promise I made to my mom and dad,” said Donald, who was drafted by the Rams in 2014 after four seasons at Pittsburgh. “My older brother got it. My older sister got it. It took a while, but I accomplished that.”
Next week Donald, who turns 29 this weekend, said he’s going to start twice-a-day training. Lifting every other day, doing speed and field training with his private coach and bringing in Al “Poodie” Carson, another private coach who last year appeared in a hand-drill video with Donald, in which Donald evaded and deflected phony knives.
Everything is pretty much how it has been with Donald in the offseason.
In 2017 and 2018, he didn’t attend Rams offseason workouts because of contract issues and he still dominated when games began. It’s why he really doesn’t foresee much of an issue this season. In fact, back then he didn’t do the classroom work he is doing virtually now, as players around the league are being taught remotely because of the pandemic.
“I still have to get on grass and be ready as far as technique and things like that, but I’ll be ready, we’ll be ready to play,” Donald said.
Players are beyond eager to get back on the field and to be around each other, according to Donald. He echoes multiple players from around the league in that regard. Oddly, for years players have said that voluntary workouts in the offseason are sometimes too much. Now that there aren’t any, there is a widespread angst about returning.