With an outstanding stature of 6’4”, Donald’s incredibly powerful physique isn’t the only thing that turns heads. This Pro Bowler has a captivating playful personality that attracts teammates, friends, coaches, and media. Growing up in Southern California, one of the nation’s premiere football regions, Donald is no stranger from hard work and pushing the limits to be a standout athlete. Donald lettered in football and basketball earning First Team All-League and State honors at his high school in both sports.
After graduating high school from Saint Bernard Catholic High School in 2001, Donald committed to Utah State University where he was a stand-out lineman for the university. Being only the second true freshmen to ever start on the offensive line at
Utah State since 1996, Donald had an huge impact and was named USU Freshmen of the year. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw the need for a powerful center to complete their roster in 2006 and made a strong move to pick up Donald.
Early in his eight year run with the Buccaneers, Donald was making history. In 2008, he helped lead the offense to 5,456 total yards, the highest single-season total in franchise history and led the offense to 361 points, the second highest team total in team history. Donald had an impressive 2010 season and only surrendered 3.5 sacs for the whole season which guided his way onto the 2011 Pro Bowl roster. After starting for 92 consecutive games for the Buccaneers, it is no wonder that the Oakland Raiders offered him a two year deal after his contract ended in 2014. In his first season with the Raiders, Donald started all 16 games and even had his third reception and ran it for his second career touchdown. At the end of the 2015 NFL season, Donald has started in 140 consecutive NFL games, an astonishing number.
Donald started his own foundation called the Donald Penn Foundation in 2011 to help inner-city and low income youth in Los Angeles make positive, life-changing decisions. By providing education incentives, scholarship opportunities and support during the holidays . The Donald Penn Foundation also hosts an annual football camp at his high school in Playa Del Rey and invites hundreds of local kids out for a day filled with football drills and training for local youth, who will have the opportunity to be coached by professional athletes.
Donald’s charming personality has always found him in the spotlight and can be seen on the hottest red carpets and celebrity events. The media flocks to Donald and his playful personality and has been featured on NFL Network, Jim Rome, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, Revolt TV, ESPN, Tanked on Animal Planet, Punk’d Spinoff -Sack’d, Esquire TV, Cuisine Noir and many more!
With a quick-witted and comedic personality, Donald has made thousands of fans out of teammates, organizations, & NFL fanatics. Taking the entertainment industry by storm, it is obvious that Donald will be in front of the camera for years to come.