The Rams are enjoying the most success they have found on the field in a long time, looking to clinch the playoffs for the first time since 2004 on Christmas Eve. However, that has not stopped the team from being active in the community as well. While the wins may seem like everything to the fans, the generosity off the field is much more important. While this article will be centered around actions taken by Rams players in the holiday season, I would be wrong to not mention Johnny Hekker. Hekker’s actions during the wildfires in L.A. were incredible and earned him NFL Players Association Community MVP honors. Even before the holidays, the star punter stepped up when people needed him most.
Multiple Rams players participated in events that helped to feed hungry families in the Los Angeles area. The team had a holiday ham drive that gave families a ham and other components of a Christmas dinner. Not to mention an opportunity to come out and meet players. Pharoh Cooper and Cody Davis also took a trip to a local hospital to visit kids and make some holiday wishes come true. Short of meeting Santa himself, what is better than a Ram showing up to wish you well?
Todd Gurley also did so, and showed up with Super Bowl tickets for a young fan!
A Home For The Holidays
Teammates Tavon Austin and Robert Quinn came together to do something really special for the holidays this year. In an effort to give an incredible holiday gift, Austin and Quinn presented a family with a fully furnished apartment. Oh, and lots of presents. The family had been forced to leave their home behind due to the wildfires, and now the single mother of six does not have to worry about filling her new apartment.
Quinn and Austin are two people who “been blessed” and wanted to turn around and “give back to others”. Without a doubt, they gave back in a big way. The children in the video were visibly thrilled and the mother talked about how much the giving meant to them. With a large pile of presents under the tree, everyone got to open one early. A new “Madden 18” was unwrapped, and an incredible day was made even better. Austin and Quinn surely gave this family the best Christmas ever, and it is not yet even December 25th.
The Rams have made a splash on the field this season, but have also done so in the community. At the end of the day, there are bigger things in life than football and this organization has proved that on a consistent basis. Thank you to all the players who will make a difference this holiday season and inspire all of us to give in whatever capacity we are able to.