Tonight marks the end of Aaron Donald's whirlwind tour as it comes to a close at the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla. We're all hoping for a sweep of awards tonight as Aaron has already taken home the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award. Tonight he is a finalist for the Outland Trophy and the Chuck Bednarik Award, both given out on the awards show which airs live on ESPN from 7-9 p.m.
Prior to the show, there will be a Red Carpet Special on ESPNU beginning at 6 p.m. and Aaron will be interviewed live during that hour. Additionally, following the show, turn back to ESPNU for the awards postgame show.
Continue to come back to Pitt Live Wire throughout the night and into tomorrow for rolling coverage from our Pitt Live Wire staff on the scene in Orlando. Good luck to Aaron and Hail to Pitt!
On Monday night, senior DT Aaron Donald became the first Pitt player since 1980 to win a national defensive award when he took home the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to the top defensive player in the country. Aaron won trophy No. 2 on Wednesday night when he traveled to Houston for the Rotary Lombardi Award ceremony. The ceremony, which honors the nation's top lineman or linebacker, was broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network and featured finalists Donald, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam.
To talk about his Nagurski Trophy win and his week full of travel, Aaron appeared on SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan's morning show with hosts Gregg Giannotti and Jim Colony and guest, Steeler Larry Foote. The conversation ranged from his approach on the field, to how it felt to win the Nagurski Trophy, to the quality of food at the banquets and advice for Aaron as he looks to his NFL career. Listen to the entire podcast here.
Aaron also spoke with Trib Live Radio's Dejan Kovacevic on Wednesday live from Houston prior to his appearance at the Rotary Lombardi Award Banquet and spoke about his awards, the team's upcoming Little Caesars Pizza Bowl appearance and his thoughts on the NFL. Listen to the entire podcast here.
One down, three to go! Pitt senior DT Aaron Donald is your 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner. Congratulations, Aaron!
This week, Aaron is going to be traveling the country as he is a finalist for four national awards. Monday night's stop was Charlotte, N.C., for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, handed out to the top defensive player in all of college football. Check out some behind the scenes interviews with not only the man of the hour, AD, but hear from his parents as well. The emotion and excitement is real and I hope you come along with us for this journey!