Chris Lengthy mentioned he knew in summer time 2014, earlier than Aaron Donald performed one snap with the then-St. Louis Rams, that the previous Pitt standout could be pretty much as good as he’s, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Evaluation studies.

“I wish to credit score myself with being the primary individual know he was going to be superb,” Lengthy mentioned with a smile throughout Half four of this week’s “Huddle Up with Gus” podcast. “We used to joke his rookie camp that he was going to be within the Corridor of Fame, however I form of wasn’t joking.”

Lengthy, son of Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer Howie Lengthy, performed his first eight seasons with the Rams, together with 2014 and ‘15 — Donald’s first two seasons within the NFL. Lengthy was drafted second total within the 2008 NFL Draft out of Virginia and retired in Might with 70 profession sacks and 15 compelled fumbles.

He referred to as Donald “the perfect soccer participant on this planet, for my part.”

“I’ve by no means seen anyone work so arduous, who had a lot expertise and play so violent and play with such tenacity,” he mentioned. “This man would combat you on the sphere on the drop of a hat, and I respect that about him, and outworks everyone.

“I might be the final individual within the movie room often on the finish of camp, and I might go in there and watch tape as soon as everyone was at dwelling. I began getting in there a gap the door and turning the lights on to search out my pen or pocket book, and he was in there each evening.”