Rams win three big awards, with Donald, Gurley and McVay getting NFL hardware

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times on

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"This is what you work for. So to be here holding this trophy is crazy. It's a blessing."

Donald was the NFL's defensive rookie of the year in 2014. He has been voted to the Pro Bowl four times in four seasons. He is the first defensive tackle since Hall of Famer Warren Sapp in 1999 to win the defensive player of year award.

"That's one of the best ever to do it," Donald said of Sapp. "For my name to be next to that guy's name is beyond a blessing.

"My dad be telling me since I was 12 years old, working out in my basement, trying to work to get to this point. Hard work paid off. So you put the body of work in its going to pay off."

Donald is scheduled to make about $6.9 million in 2018, in the final year of his rookie contract. The Rams have said they are working to come to a new agreement.

"I got a good team of great agents that I know they're going to handle the business side--and I trust them," Donald said. "All I can do is play football, put it on film (and) when it happens it happens. But like I said I have a great team with me so I'm going to let them guys handle it."

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McVay said he was aware that after the Rams' performance this season -- and Saturday night's sweep -- the bar has been raised.

"I know that there will be some raised expectations," he said. "But we love that. We won't shy away from it."

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