Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald is ‘the best defensive player I’ve ever played against’

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson said Los Angeles defensive tackle Aaron Donald is the best defensive player he has ever played in a game against.

Russell Wilson isn’t really sure who asked who.

But following the Seahawks’ 16-10 win over the Rams in Los Angeles on Oct. 8, Wilson found himself exchanging jerseys with Rams’ defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

It’s probably fitting Donald finally had a Wilson jersey to take home since he so often has had a hold of one during games between the two teams the last few years.

And to Wilson, there was no other player he would have wanted to exchange a jersey with, something that has become one of the biggest signs of mutual respect in the NFL the last few years.

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Thursday, when he met the Seattle media in advance of Sunday’s rematch with the Rams that figures to all-but-decide the NFC West title, Wilson said Donald is as good as an opponent he has ever played against.

“When I think about Aaron Donald, he’s probably in my opinion, the best defensive player I’ve ever played against in terms of actually playing in a game against,” Wilson said. “That’s a pretty big statement; I’ve played against some really good guys. I think back to my rookie year and my second year when I played against guys like (San Francisco linebackers Navarro) Bowman and (Patrick) Willis and all of those guys are in my head, the top guys I’ve ever played.

“I think about a guy like Aaron Donald, he’s definitely there too as well, so I have tremendous respect for how he plays the game. He’s really, really tough, he’s really quick, and he’s pretty special. You look forward to those matchups just because those are things that you’ll remember and those are the things that you’ll tell your kids one day ‘I played against this guy,’ and those are fun things. He’s definitely one of those guys that will probably be a Hall of…

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