Rams’ Aaron Donald sparks frenzy on social media with brief Twitter bio change


Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald briefly caused a stir on social media Sunday when he changed his Twitter bio to indicate he was a former defensive lineman.

Donald made the change for his bio to read: “Former Pitt Football Player #97 former NFL D linemem fpr the Rams #99.” He then dropped the “former” in the update.


Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams looks on during the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys at SoFi Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Inglewood, California.
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But for one split second, NFL fans began to wonder whether the defensive tackle who has put the fear of God into opposing offensive linemen and quarterbacks alike had called it quits.

The first inkling of Donald even thinking of retiring came before the start of Super Bowl LVI when Rodney Harrison and Michele Tafoya said on the NBC broadcast that he was thinking about retiring if the team won the game. Los Angeles would end up winning, but Donald returned to the team.

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams reacts after a tackle against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of a NFL football game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Sunday, October 9, 2022.
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According to the NFL Network in September, Donald’s agent initially sent a letter to the Rams to inform the team of his decision to retire. However, the organization reportedly never sent it to the league.

He got a big raise over the summer when he agreed to a $40 million raise. The NFL Network reported at the time that he would receive $65 million guaranteed over the next two seasons and $95 million through 2024.

Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams walks off the field after a defensive interception in the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on November 27, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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He missed the last few games of the season with an injury. In 11 games, Donald had five sacks and 49 tackles. He broke his streak of five straight seasons with double-digit sack totals but earned his ninth consecutive Pro Bowl selection.