Aaron Donald says Magic Johnson, Warren Sapp were among stars who reached out after he retired

There was an incredible amount of praise and support for Aaron Donald after he announced his retirement from the NFL, from fans to analysts to former and current players. It was overwhelming for Donald, who put together a Hall of Fame career in just 10 seasons in the league.

Donald was blown away by the amount of love he received from everyone after he hung up his cleats, with several big stars reaching out to him and recognizing what a terrific career he had in the NFL.

During an appearance on Chris Long’s “Green Light Podcast” this week, Donald revealed some of the legends who reached out to him.

“A lot of people reached out. I know a lot of people on social media reached out,” Donald said. “There was so much stuff when it came out, like, you want to see everything but it was so overwhelming, it was so much that you couldn’t even see it. So a lot of things that my brother showed me or my wife had to show me as far as, like, LeBron reaching out. Magic Johnson reached out. (Kevin) Durant reached out. A lot of people that are great players and great in their era and did a lot of great things reached out just to congratulate me on my career. It’s pretty special, bro, when you think about how many people reached out. Warren Sapp reached out. A bunch of guys.”

Like Donald, Sapp is one of the best defensive tackles in NFL history so to get some recognition from him must’ve felt pretty special for Donald – even if Sapp did doubt his greatness a few years ago when he called out the Rams star for his run defense.

Donald deserves all of the recognition and praise he’s received throughout his career and it’ll continue to pour in when he eventually gets inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame five years from now.

Story originally appeared on Rams Wire