Advertisement

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald carries a clear memory of a Rex Ryan comment

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald carries a clear memory of a Rex Ryan comment
Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald might find some extra motivation in a disrespectful comment Buffalo Coach Rex Ryan made two years ago. (Kelvin Kuo / Associated Press)

Aaron Donald possesses terrific football skills that make him one of the NFL’s most productive players.

The Rams defensive tackle also has a sharp memory.

Advertisement

Two years ago, then New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan commented about Donald after he was selected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie and Jets tackle Sheldon Richardson was not.

"That guy can't hold his jock as a player," Ryan said at the time.

Donald, preparing to play Ryan’s Buffalo Bills on Sunday, remembers it well.

"I remember it when I heard about it," Donald said Wednesday. "I didn't forget about what he said."

Ryan had scrambled a bit earlier Wednesday during a conference call with reporters.

"I've made a lot of dumb comments in my days," he said. "That's probably right up there at the top."

Ryan said he had not seen Donald play as a rookie and that he was repeating the comment of one of his coaches.

"After I've seen this kid play, I'm like 'Whoa boy!' Ryan said, adding, "He's a great player."

Apprised that Ryan characterized his comments as dumb, Donald seemed unmoved.

"Still said it," Donald said.

Follow Gary Klein on Twitter @LATimesklein

Advertisement
Advertisement