NFL Legends Jason Kelce and Aaron Donald Recall Their Intense Battles on the Field

    Jason Kelce and Aaron Donald could be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame together, but the two recently reflected on their epic battles on the field.

    Former Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce and former Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald enjoyed some epic battles on the field. Following the retirement of both legendary players this offseason, there’s a strong chance they’ll be entering the same Pro Football Hall of Fame class in 2029.

    Hearing two of the best to ever do it in the trenches discuss their frustrating matchups with one another certainly makes for a fun listen.

    Jason Kelce and Aaron Donald Reflect on Playing Against One Another

    Kelce hasn’t shied away from calling Donald one of the most difficult players whom he had to block during his NFL career. In a tweet from March 2023, Kelce hilariously compared blocking Donald to “like trying to wrestle a liger coated in baby oil.”

    Donald has also praised both Kelce and the Eagles for their plan against him throughout his career. In an appearance on the Green Light Podcast, Donald discussed how frustrating it was to play against Kelce and Philadelphia’s scheme.

    Pro Football Network compiled quotes from both Kelce and Donald about their epic, yet frustrating battles on the field in a recent video that was shared on social media.

    Jason Kelce’s Legacy and How the Eagles Will Attempt To Replace Him

    Expectations were relatively low for Kelce when he arrived in Philadelphia. It’s safe to say that being a future Hall of Famer wasn’t considered a possibility for an undersized center selected in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

    Yet, fast-forward to 2024, and Kelce has cemented himself as one of — if not the greatest — centers of all time. He finished his career in Philadelphia as a seven-time Pro Bowler, six-time All-Pro, and Super Bowl champion.

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    While his résumé speaks for itself on the field, Kelce’s leadership and mentality off the field were just as important.

    Although Philadelphia will attempt to replace Kelce with third-year center Cam Jurgens, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman admitted that it’s impossible to replace someone like Kelce.

    Aaron Donald’s Legacy and How the Rams Will Attempt To Replace Him

    After putting on a show during the pre-draft process, Donald skyrocketed up draft boards and was selected by the St. Louis Rams with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Recording nine sacks as a rookie, it didn’t take long to see Donald dominate on the field.

    That was only the beginning, though, for Donald, as he quickly cemented himself as one of the top defensive players in the NFL. He recorded double-digit sacks in six of his 10 seasons in the NFL, which included winning Defensive Player of the Year three times.

    While Donald’s loss will certainly be felt in Los Angeles, the Rams are actually in solid shape at defensive tackle. Los Angeles’ 2023 third-round pick, Kobie Turner, showed flashes of dominance during his rookie season and finished with 9.5 sacks.

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    Following Donald’s retirement, Los Angeles made sure to add more help at DT in the 2024 NFL Draft. The Rams traded up on Day 2 of the event to select Braden Fiske in the second round. Donald’s legacy will never be forgotten, but Los Angeles has a strong plan in place as the team attempts to fill his void.

    Who Won the Matchups Between Kelce and Donald?

    In their NFL careers, Kelce and Donald played against each other in four games. The Eagles and Rams also played each other a fifth time in 2014, but Kelce missed that matchup due to an injury.

    During those four head-to-head matchups, Donald had a total of zero sacks, four quarterback hits, and 10 QB hurries. Kelce allowed just one quarterback hurry.

    The Eagles went 4-1 against Donald in his career and 3-1 when Kelce played. While it’s safe to say that Donald got the best of most NFL offensive linemen, he struggled against Philadelphia.

    Although Kelce will never admit to getting the better of Donald in 1-on-1 matchups, it’s clear that the Eagles figured out a way to shut down one of the most dominant defensive players of all time.

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