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4 companies owned by NFL Pro Bowl defensive tackle Aaron Donald

How Donald tackles business with the same gusto as football

by Oluwatosin Racheal Alabi

Aaron Donald is a key football player for the Los Angeles Rams. He is known for his skills in the field and also for his success in business and philanthropy. He signed a six-year, $135-million contract with the Rams in 2018, which was the NFL’s richest deal ever signed by a defensive player. In 2022, he signed with the Rams for three years for $95 million. He’s received numerous awards celebrating his achievements, a major of which is making it to the Pro Bowl in all nine of his seasons. 

His wealth is primarily derived from his NFL earnings and endorsement deals.  Here are some of the ventures that contributed to his success: 


 AD99  is a clothing line that shows his business initiative. The AD99 Apparel line, featured on platforms like Eastbay, showcases a variety of shirts and hoodies from brands such as Nike and Gildan, with a predominant color scheme of navy and yellow. The AD99 Apparel line embodies greatness, as stated in their announcement tweet. The clothing line allows Donald to capitalize on his brand and provides an additional income stream. It also gives fans a way to connect with him off the field.


Donald is a partner in Ready Nutrition, a sports nutrition company. His investment in the Pennsylvania-based startup, known for its protein-infused sports drinks and snacks, is a significant part of his business journey. Donald doesn’t just invest money; he actively contributes to product development and engages in programs for young athletes and brand awareness. Together with Cavanaugh, he focuses on initiatives like Ready’s Mobile Training Table Program and Ready Talks with Aaron, offering advice to athletes and donating Ready products to high school and youth programs nationwide.

Established in 2012, Ready Nutrition is on track to surpass $100 million in total sales, experiencing double-digit annual growth.  Donald’s involvement in Ready aligns with his passion for fitness and nutrition, making it a strategic investment in the flourishing sports nutrition industry.


One of Aaron’s notable real estate investments is his home in Calabasas, California. He purchased this property in 2018 for $4.7 million. The house is located in the Oaks of Calabasas. The property was listed for sale in April 2022 for $6.25 million.  In addition, Donald also owns a condo in downtown Pittsburgh which he paid $2.9 million for in his hometown . These real estate investments offer the potential for significant returns. They also demonstrate Donald’s strategic decision-making and his ability to leverage opportunities in the real estate market.


The AD99 Solutions Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Donald in 2019. The foundation’s mission is to change the course of under-resourced youth by providing necessary resources in a free, safe environment where they are empowered to excel academically, socially, and athletically.

The foundation’s headquarters in Pittsburgh, known as “The City of Bridges,”  aims to act as a bridge, connecting underserved youth and communities to what they lack most – resources and opportunities. The foundation offers two programs – Prep Forward and Community Engagement.

Donald’s experiences growing up in a community plagued with poverty and violence shaped the development of the AD99 Solutions program and services. The foundation has already made a significant impact. Roughly 70,000 people from 34 states and 3 countries have benefited from its services. In 2022, community volunteers assisted with the implementation of 91% of hosted events. The foundation offers roughly 450 hours of programming annually at no cost to participants.

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