Rams Super Bowl Champ Aaron Donald Signed Contract with Kanye West's Donda Sports

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVMay 29, 2022

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 24: Aaron Donald attends Floyd Mayweather's birthday bash at The Gabriel Miami South Beach on February 24, 2022 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald announced on the I Am Athlete podcast that he has signed with Kanye West's Donda Sports:

"I think it's a helluva opportunity to open up a lot of different doors and a lot of different things outside of football that I wanna be involved in, that I wanna do, that my wife wanna do," Donald said (h/t TMZ Sports). "So to be a part of that, and be one of the best first athletes to be a part of that, it's pretty dope. We're excited about it, and we're gonna see where this thing goes."

Kanye partnered with Pro Bowl receiver Antonio Brown to form Donda Sports this year, with Brown referring to himself as the president of the company in a February Instagram post

Brown has seven Pro Bowl selections in his career, but the 33-year-old has appeared in just 16 games over the last three years and recently said he doesn't plan to play in 2022.

Donald is a much bigger star at the moment, coming off his first career Super Bowl title with the Rams. The defensive tackle has earned a Pro Bowl selection in each of his eight NFL seasons and was named first-team All-Pro in each of the last seven years, winning the Defensive Player of the Year award three times.

Despite his resume as one of the best defensive players in league history, Donald ranks just 27th in the NFL in average annual salary, per Spotrac, and he didn't crack Forbes' list of the 50 richest athletes in the world. 

A partnership with Donda Sports could help improve Donald's brand off the field, with podcast co-host Brandon Marshall asking about a potential line of signature cleats down the line with Ye.

"Ain't nothing in full circle, but we've been talking," Donald said. "We got a lot of different things that are planned."