The St. Louis Rams Community Player of the Week is long snapper
His contributions do not appear in the box score. Fans will not catch his highlights on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays. But make no mistake; Jake McQuaide’s role with the Rams is vital to the team’s success.
Long snappers work daily to perfect a craft most fans take for granted. It has been said that if the long snapper’s name is not called, he is doing his job well. And McQuaide does his job very well so he enjoys relative anonymity on the field, but off the field, the former Ohio State Buckeye has been one of the Rams’ most visible and valuable contributors.
Early in the season, McQuaide took part in the 17th annual Make-A-Wish Celebrity Server Night of Wishes. He and his teammates helped raise over $225,000, for kids with terminal or life-threatening illnesses, which was enough to fund the wishes of over 45 Wish Kids. For his part, McQuaide went table-to-table, signing autographs for fans and posing for photos in exchange for “tips.”
In addition, McQuaide expressed his gratitude to our troops serving overseas just before Thanksgiving by leading the Rams’ charge during the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign in conjunction with the America Red Cross. The month-long campaign kicked off with members of the Rams organization visiting the Missouri Veterans Home as part of their monthly Staff Days of Service efforts. Here, Rams staff members worked with veterans to personalize cards for military men and women so they could feel the support and appreciation from home during the holiday season. During the event, McQuaide also personalized holiday cards for the troops, while interacting with the veterans and signing autographs and taking pictures with them as well.
On Monday, December 3, McQuide again joined his teammates for the 10th annual Taste of the NFL -
Most recently, McQuaide volunteered his time at the Motion for Kids Holiday Party at the Edward Jones Dome on Saturday. The party, hosted by the Rams in conjunction with the
On the field, McQuaide has a complimentary, yet important role that benefits his teammates. In the community, the Rams’ long snapper has taken on a leadership role that benefits countless in
“Since joining the Rams as a rookie, Jake has been a tremendous contributor to our many community outreach efforts,” said Molly Higgins, Rams’ vice president of corporate communications/civic affairs. “He is always more than willing to help and is a terrific ambassador for the Rams.”
About the Rams Community Player of the Week
Each week during the 2012 season, the St. Louis Rams will select a player who has made a positive impact on the Greater St. Louis community, giving of himself off of the field. Each honored Rams Community Player of the Week will receive a gift certificate to Ruth’s Chris Steak House, the Official Steak House of the St. Louis Rams.