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Pitt to Pros: Donald dominates NFL

Pitt to Pros: Donald dominates NFL

By Jon Shaiken | Staff Writer

February 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

Before Aaron Donald was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, he spent his Saturdays terrorizing college quarterbacks at Heinz Field. In the NFL, Donald has a reputation of being a hard worker and relentless competitor playing for the Los Angeles Rams. According to Chris Lasala, Pitt’s associat...

Whitehead, Ollison earn ACC Rookie of the Year awards

Whitehead, Ollison earn ACC Rookie of the Year awards

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 1, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt football team swept the conference’s rookie of the year awards Tuesday, becoming the first team in ACC history to take both rookie honors. One day after the Panthers placed eight players on All-ACC teams, freshman safety Jordan Whitehead earned the ACC overall and defensive rookie of the year...

AP ranking a sign of things to come for Pitt football

AP ranking a sign of things to come for Pitt football

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 19, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

The Chicago Cubs are in the playoffs. Donald Trump is running for president. And Pitt football is ranked in the AP poll. What a time to be alive. Following a win on Saturday at Georgia Tech, head coach Pat Narduzzi and his Pitt Panthers garnered recognition in the Associated Press’ national poll,...

Dining guide: Rookie of the year: AD’s establishing itself in first year on campus

Dining guide: Rookie of the year: AD’s establishing itself in first year on campus

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 30, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

When discussing their joint dream of opening a restaurant and bar, brothers Aaron and Archie Donald considered three locations. They tossed around the idea of Toledo, where Archie played college football for the Toledo Rockets. They mulled over St. Louis, where Aaron was currently located, playing d...

AD’s Pittsburgh Cafe to open Saturday at 5 p.m.

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 17, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

AD's Pittsburgh Cafe, located on Meyran Avenue, will open on Saturday at 5 p.m., according to Aaron Donald's brother and co-manager, Archie Donald.Former Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald announced the restaurant and bar's opening on Dec. 6 via his Twitter account, but had not specified a date.AD's Pittsburg...

AD’s Pittsburgh Cafe: Coming soon to Oakland

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

April 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Students who recently walked along Meyran Avenue may have seen the large white “H2P Cafe” sign hanging above the restaurant formerly known as Winghart’s.Students can soon enter the restaurant, now Aaron Donald’s Pittsburgh Cafe, according to Aaron Donald.“No, not open yet,” he said on April 1. “...

Fitzgerald, Donald named honorary coaches in Spring Game

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

April 1, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

The stars will be out at Highmark Stadium on April 18, as Pitt announced that former Panthers and current NFL stars Larry Fitzgerald and Aaron Donald will serve as honorary head coaches for the program’s annual Blue-Gold Spring Game.“Larry and Aaron are not only legendary Panthers, but also two of the el...

Panthers in the NFL win postseason awards

Panthers in the NFL win postseason awards

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 31, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Arizona Cardinals and former Pitt wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald won the inaugural Art Rooney award on Saturday night. St. Louis Rams rookie defensive tackle Aaron Donald won the Associated Press defensive rookie of the year award as well.Fitzgerald's award recognizes a player who demonstrates qualities of ...

Should Aaron Donald be the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year?

By Alex Fischbein and Brandon Duerr / The Pitt News Staff

January 12, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

Former Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald entered the 2014 NFL Draft to a litany of questions about whether his 6-foot-1-inch, 285-pound frame could make the adjustment from college to the NFL. The skepticism soon vanished as Donald thrived for the St. Louis Rams, compiling nine sacks and earning a trip to the Pro Bowl as a ...

Rookie Donald one of three former Panthers to earn Pro Bowl invite

Rookie Donald one of three former Panthers to earn Pro Bowl invite

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

December 24, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Three former University of Pittsburgh football players– Aaron Donald, LeSean McCoy and Darrelle Revis– were named to the 2015 Pro Bowl roster, according to an NFL announcement Tuesday night.Donald, a rookie defensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams, earned his first Pro Bowl appearance. The 2014 f...

Aaron Donald announces restaurant opening in Oakland

Aaron Donald announces restaurant opening in Oakland

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 6, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Former Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald announced via his Twitter account on Saturday that he will be opening a restaurant in Oakland.AD's Pittsburgh Cafe — or AD's PCafe, as Donald called it — is inspired by the former Pittsburgh Cafe, which closed in 2012. The new restaurant will occupy the same ...

Pitt in the NFL: Donald sacks Manning in upset win

Pitt in the NFL: Donald sacks Manning in upset win

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 17, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Aaron Donald had a memorable week 11 in his first season in the NFL, as other former Panthers had to adjust to new quarterbacks running their offenses.The rookie and former Pitt defensive tackle recorded a sack on future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. He also added three tackles in the St....

Donald earning more playing time with Rams

Donald earning more playing time with Rams

By Alex Fischbein / for The Pitt News

October 14, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Pitt’s name has stayed relevant in the football world beyond college for a number of years now. NFL fans have seen Dan Marino, Tony Dorsett, Mike Ditka and Larry Fitzgerald — just to name a few — enjoy a great deal of success at the professional level. Now, it’s the latest Pitt player’s turn to...

Fitzgerald regains form, McCoy solid again in NFL

Fitzgerald regains form, McCoy solid again in NFL

By Jack DeMarco / Staff Writer

September 16, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

 While some former Pitt stars like Larry Fitzgerald got back on track Sunday, others, like Aaron Donald, regressed slightly after excellent week-one performances.After a dismal outing in the season opener, Larry Fitzgerald improved dramatically for the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. The 11th year wide r...

Donald shines, Street makes first catch in NFL debuts

Donald shines, Street makes first catch in NFL debuts

By Jack DeMarco / Staff Writer

September 9, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

To no one’s surprise, workhorse and defensive superstar Aaron Donald led the pack of Panthers in the NFL with a strong opening day performance. Just as Donald dominated the trenches for the Pitt defense a year ago, he showed up in convincing fashion for the struggling St. Louis Rams in his debut....

Aaron Donald enters NFL

Aaron Donald enters NFL

By Sean Corrado and Ryan Bertonaschi / The Pitt News Staff

May 28, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports Features

Aaron Donald, with his one-year-old daughter wedged between his biceps, squared up in front of Savoy Restaurant as family members surrounded him to pose for pictures before his big moment.“Certainly, this is going to be a wonderful experience, and I am just going to make sure I enjoy it,” Donald said before maki...

Football: Aaron Donald selected in NFL Draft by St. Louis Rams

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 9, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Football, Sports

On Thursday night, Aaron Donald became the first Pitt football player taken in this year’s NFL Draft.The St. Louis Rams picked the defensive lineman 13th, ending a two-year period when no Panthers heard their names called by commissioner Roger Goodell at the event.Donald’s selection marks the hig...

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