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Community Player of the Week: Alec Ogletree

Posted Sep 22, 2016

Each week, the Rams select a player to honor as the Rams Community Player of the Week. The program, presented by Wells Fargo, is intended to recognize players for the positive impact they make off the field.

The Los Angeles Rams announced Alec Ogletree as the Rams Community Player of the Week for week 2 in recognition of his community outreach efforts throughout the season.

Ogletree, a fourth year linebacker from Newnan, GA., attended the University of Georgia and became the 10th linebacker drafted by the Rams in the first round since 1937. After emerging as a leader on the field, he was named a 2016 Rams team captain.  He has also embraced the opportunity to become one of the team’s off the field leaders and this week, he served as the event chair for the #RamsNightForWishes in partnership with the Los Angeles Make-A-Wish Foundation. On his own time, Ogletree also holds annual turkey drives and back-to-school drives in his hometown.

Q & A with Alec Ogletree

Why is your involvement as an honorary chair for the Los Angeles Make-A-Wish Foundation important?
It is important to me because it is a chance for the fans to see us outside of football and we also get a good opportunity to grant kids their wish. With me being a father now, I want to be able to grant my kid anything that he ever could wish for, so for us to partner with the Los Angeles Make-A-Wish Foundation is definitely something special.

As a captain for the Rams, how do you feel it is your job to show leadership on and off the field?
I think it’s important. We have a stage and a platform that a lot of people don’t get the opportunity to have. I’m happy I have the opportunity to shed light on doing positive things in the community. Growing up I always said that I wanted to give back somehow and now I have the platform to be an example. I try to take every opportunity that I can to make that happen.

What are you most looking forward to getting involved with in Los Angeles?
I’m open to doing a lot of stuff right now. I’ve been doing a Turkey Drive in Georgia and this year will mark the third year. Hopefully I can start one out here soon. I have also done a back-to-school drive where I gave out 500 book bags to a couple schools back home. There are many different reasons why being involved is special. I don’t necessarily have one set cause that I’m interested in. I just want to be part of the community in any way that I can.

Is there anyone in particular that inspires you to be involved?
Back home my father, my mom, my uncles and much of my family were heavily involved in the community. I used to be one of the kids that they brought around to different places to show how we could give back to the community in so many different ways. That was probably my biggest inspiration. They paved the way for me.

Get to know Alec Ogletree

How many diapers do you think you could change in one minute?
•    Probably 10

Pregame snack?
•    Twizzlers and Gatorade

Favorite TV Show growing up?
(Here are four because he couldn’t choose one.)

•    Family Matters
•    Dukes of Hazard
•    Martin
•    Fresh Prince

What is your favorite vacation spot and where would you like to travel to?
•    Favorite spot: Hawaii
•    Travel to: Brazil

Which one of your teammates would you let babysit your son?
•    I wouldn’t let anybody babysit my son! We have some fathers on the team and I’m sure they would be fine, but no one specific comes to mind.

About the Rams Community Player of the Week Presented by Wells Fargo
Each week during the 2016 regular season, the Los Angeles Rams select a player to honor as the Rams Community Player of the Week. The program, presented by Wells Fargo, is intended to recognize players for the positive impact they make off the field and their commitment to serving the Greater Los Angeles Area.

 
“At Wells Fargo we believe our long-term success is directly linked to the success of the communities we serve,” said David DiCristofaro, Wells Fargo region president for Greater Los Angeles.

In 2015, Wells Fargo team members volunteered more than 41,800 hours in the LA area. This week, the organization is proud to recognize Wells Fargo Community Player of the Week, Bellflower branch manager Danielle Sanders for her leadership in coordinating a backpack drive for more than 275 at-risk youth and their families. For more information on Wells Fargo’s commitment to community service, visit https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/corporate-responsibility/community-giving/