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Aaron Donald flattered Michael Strahan wants him to break sack record

Aaron Donald has enjoyed a wildly successful season with the Los Angeles Rams, a dominant campaign that puts him somewhat within sniffing distance of Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record.

While it would take a monster effort in Week 17 for Donald to break the record, the Rams defensive lineman is flattered Strahan is pulling for him to do it.

Donald currently sits with 19.5 sacks heading into Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, meaning he would need to notch more than three quarterback takedowns to surpass Strahan’s 22.5-sack mark set in 2002.

Such a game has to be deemed a long shot, but that does not mean Strahan wants Donald, who he clearly admires, to go out and get it.

“The sack record is fantastic and it’s great,” Strahan recently said, via The Los Angeles Times. “But I hope Aaron does break it. There have been guys who have gotten close, but I just want it to be a good guy who breaks it. Not some jerk, or some guy who doesn’t care about it or take pride in what he does and just kind of luckily rolls through.”

When informed of Strahan’s comments, Donald praised the Hall of Famer.

“Any time you get a Hall of Fame player that even knows my name, you’re going to be pumped up about that,” Donald said. “So it means a lot coming from a guy like that.”

Donald held out the entire offseason heading into the 2018 campaign before signing a six-year, $135 million contract extension with $87 million in guaranteed money in late August.

It goes without saying that Donald has proven his worth this season, so somehow being able to finish the regular season as the all-time single-season sacks leader would be a fitting coda. Even the superstar admitted doing so would “mean a lot.”

Further, given how Strahan broke the record under what many view as extremely dubious circumstances, perhaps a controversy-free record-holder would be a good thing.