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Community Player of the Week: Rodger Saffold

Posted Dec 11, 2012


The St. Louis Rams Community Player of the Week presented by Ameren Missouri is tackle Rodger Saffold. Ameren Missouri also recognizes Jeffrey S. as the Powering Change Customer of the Week.

Charged with the role of protecting Sam Bradford’s blindside, Saffold has proven that he is a vital piece to the offense. In his rookie season, the former Indiana Hoosier started all 16 games for the Rams and was named to multiple All-Rookie Teams. Saffold has had his season shortened by injuries each of the past two seasons, further emphasizing his importance in anchoring the play in the trenches. Healthy once again, the Rams’ left tackle has provided great pass protection during the team’s three-game winning streak.

Saffold’s large presence on the offensive line is all the more evident due to his measurable characteristics - six-foot-five and 314 pounds. But his presence in the St. Louis area and surrounding communities are just as big. And while they cannot be measured or weighed, their impact can be witnessed and appreciated first-hand.

Last week was a busy one for the third-year pro. On Monday, he joined teammates, as well as head coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead at the St. Louis Area Foodbank for the tenth annual Taste of the NFL. At the event, participants were able to sample foods from some of St. Louis’ top restaurants and beverage distributors, all while in the company of Rams players and personnel. Saffold and his teammates worked the room, signing autographs and posing for photos with those in attendance. Proceeds from the evening benefitted the St. Louis Area Foodbank and the St. Louis Sports Commission.

On Tuesday, Saffold ventured out to William R. Cappel Elementary School to take part in an assembly and celebration. The school was recently named the Rams 2012 PLAY 60 Super School and received a visit from Saffold and wide receiver Brandon Gibson to honor their success. After talking to the kids about the importance of being active and making healthy choices, Saffold and Gibson presented William R. Cappel with a $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 grant to be used for health and wellness programming or equipment. In addition, the two Rams players led 50 of the students through six fitness activities as part of a mini-PE class. The morning event was a way for Saffold to promote the Play 60 message and do his part in encouraging healthy behavior among youth.

Earlier in the season, Saffold was on hand to help open the new Rams Team Store in Junior Achievement’s JA BizTown, a business and life skill program for students. JA BizTown offers kids the chance to work real jobs and receive paychecks, which they can then use in their simulated community. Saffold spoke to the kids about the importance of the various life skills they learn through the program and about making education a priority as well. After taking part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Saffold mixed it up with the kids, touring the community and interacting with the kids at their various places of employment, including doing a live on-air news interview for the JA BizTown News Station and learning how to make slime at the Monsanto store front.

While Saffold has involved himself in the community, he also tries to provide others a glimpse into his athletic efforts. Saffold is a member of the Rams’ All-Community Team and donates 30 tickets to participants in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program for each Rams home game. Through these efforts, he helps others by allowing them to enjoy the experience of a Rams game.

Large in stature on and off the field, Saffold has proven himself a leader for the Rams and the St. Louis community.

“Rodger is a great ambassador for the Rams,” says Molly Higgins, vice president, corporate communications and civic affairs, St. Louis Rams. “Since his first season with the Rams Rodger has always given of his time and resources to help St. Louis, especially kids. I cannot say enough about Rodger and his commitment to the community.”

About the Rams Community Player of the Week presented by Ameren Missouri

Each week during the 2012 season, the St. Louis Rams, along with team sponsor Ameren Missouri, 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.

Tell us how you power positive change in the community for the chance to win Rams tickets and official merchandise, by going to www.facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.