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Aaron Donald makes ‘historic’ seven-figure donation to Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh announced Friday that former Panthers football star Aaron Donald has made a “historic” donation to the program.

While Pitt declined to provide the exact amount of the Los Angeles Rams superstar’s donation, a statement released by the school indicated it was a “seven-figure financial commitment.”

Donald, 27, is the youngest seven-figure donor in the history of the school, and his donation is the largest one ever made by a Pitt football letterman to the program.

“It was a dream come true to play for the University of Pittsburgh,” said Donald, who played for Pitt from 2010-13. “My experience as a Panther is something that influences my life every day and I want to pay that forward. I believe in what Coach Narduzzi is building at Pitt and this was an opportunity for me to make a difference for our current and future players. Pitt will always be my school and I’m honored to be able to support the Blue and Gold.”

In honor of Donald’s generous donation, an area of Pitt’s Duratz Athletic Complex practice facility where the team’s locker room, athletic training room and weight room are located will be renamed the “Aaron Donald Football Performance Center.”

The funds donated by Donald will go into the Pitt Football Championship Fund, “which serves the program in such key areas as facility improvement, recruiting, technology and student-athlete development.”

After starring at Pitt, Donald was selected with the 13th pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the the then-St. Louis Rams. A four-time First-Team All-Pro and two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Donald was rewarded last August with a six-year, $135 million contract extension that included $87 million in guaranteed money.

Donald returns to Pittsburgh for the offseason and is known to train in Pitt’s football facilities.