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Aaron Donald, longtime 49er tormentor, announces retirement

Mar 15, 2024, 9:28 AM | Updated: 9:54 am

Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams attempts to sack Nick Mullens #4 of the San Francisco 49er...

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 29: Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams attempts to sack Nick Mullens #4 of the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at SoFi Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle, and consistent thorn in the side of 49ers fans, Aaron Donald has announced his retirement.

In a post on social media, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year said for 10 years in the NFL, he was able to play at the highest level, but he’s ready to focus on the next chapter of his life.

He ended his career as Super Bowl LVI champion, Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2014, and a 10-time Pro Bowl Selection. Aaron Donald started 150 of 154 games played between both St. Louis and Los Angeles. In that time span, he forced 24 fumbles, recorded 111 sacks, and registered 543 tackles.

“The great players in our league elevate the people around them and Aaron has modeled the way for our team as long as I’ve been with the Rams,” head coach Sean McVay said in a press release. “He’s an elite competitor, someone who leads by example in a way that’s authentic to him, and an exceptional teammate who inspires everyone around him to be the best version of themselves.

In 18 matchups against San Francisco, Aaron Donald recorded 55 solo tackles, 12.5 sacks and one fumble recovery. However, his Rams only won five of those games.

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