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Does Anyone On This Webzone Believe That Aaron Donald Is The Best Defensive Player Ever!?!

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As of today, nope! Especially not when you make an average guard (Brunskill) look like a beast when going up against him.

I remember watching Reggie White man handle Cowboys Oline / Larry Allen back in the days with one arm. Literally, one arm!
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Who? But in all seriousness, he's never had that kind of impact in any game I've ever seen him play. Not sure where the praise comes from
Agree with others. I'd say LT, Deion Sanders, Reggie White, Ed Reed were more impactful
LT and not close
If Donald was a 49er, easily 75% or more of respondents in this thread would answer with a resounding yes.
[ Edited by Blake_Fever on Feb 20, 2022 at 9:35 AM ]
I know he's an older player from a differentera but Deacon Jones may have been the best. I don't like to compare players from different eras but consider that he was 6'5" and weighed 275. That was huge for a DE in his era. He had cat quickness which made him even more unique for a guy his size. They didn't keep official sack numbers back then but he is credited with inventing the term 'sack" for getting to the QB.

They went back and looked at film from his games and they ended up giving him 173 sacks. Three times he had 20 or more in a season. He lead the league 5 times with 15,19, 21.5, 22 and 22. Three of those were in consecutive years at the ages of 29, 30 and 31. In 14 seasons he missed only 5 games. Keep in mind that the seasons were 14 games back then. If he had played in the 16 game era he would likely have been the all time leader.

LT and Reggie White were great. So wa sBruce Smith. But I'll go with Deacon Jones, the man that invented the sack.
For me a 3 way tie

Reggie White- LT - Deacon Jones
Originally posted by LasVegasWally:
For me a 3 way tie

Reggie White- LT - Deacon Jones

I could go with that. All three were capable of taking over a game.
felt like von was more of an impact than donald in the playoffs.

Reggie white would have something to say about that.
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Originally posted by CatchMaster80:
I know he's an older player from a differentera but Deacon Jones may have been the best. I don't like to compare players from different eras but consider that he was 6'5" and weighed 275. That was huge for a DE in his era. He had cat quickness which made him even more unique for a guy his size. They didn't keep official sack numbers back then but he is credited with inventing the term 'sack" for getting to the QB.

They went back and looked at film from his games and they ended up giving him 173 sacks. Three times he had 20 or more in a season. He lead the league 5 times with 15,19, 21.5, 22 and 22. Three of those were in consecutive years at the ages of 29, 30 and 31. In 14 seasons he missed only 5 games. Keep in mind that the seasons were 14 games back then. If he had played in the 16 game era he would likely have been the all time leader.

LT and Reggie White were great. So wa sBruce Smith. But I'll go with Deacon Jones, the man that invented the sack.

He also got the head slap outlawed, IIRC. Offensive linemen said their ears were still ringing on Tuesday from having been slapped on the side of the head so many times on Sunday.
One of the best, but not the best. I used to think even higher of him until DB started consistently putting him into the ground.
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Originally posted by Blake_Fever:
If Donald was a 49er, easily 75% or more of respondents in this thread would answer with a resounding yes.

9er or not, I doubt that Aaron can even be graded higher than JJ Watt in his prime (healthy)..
The best defensive player ever? Nope.
One of the best defensive players ever among a lot of them? Sure.
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