Community Player of the Week: Gerald Rivers

Posted Oct 31, 2013

By Emily Myers
Special to

While not on the field making tackles, Gerald Rivers, the rookie defensive end from Ole Miss, is establishing himself as a giving presence in the St. Louis community.

Recently, Gerald spent his Tuesday afternoon volunteering with fellow players Mason Brodine, Sean Hooey and Shelley Smith for the Rams annual Hometown Huddle in partnership with United Way. The event, held at Rams Park, aimed to promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle for the more than 100 children from local after school organizations that attended. Gerald and his teammates were on hand to assist with the variety of football drills the kids rotated through.

Gerald also recently attended Roosevelt High School’s Homecoming Pep Rally with teammates William Hayes and Austin Pettis to further engage with the St. Louis youth and support the school’s athletes. The appearance, which is part of a greater partnership with team sponsor Mercy, included a dance contest and celebration of the school’s Homecoming football game.

As part of an ongoing commitment, Gerald is involved in the defensive line’s Sack Homelessness program, where each defensive lineman, defensive line coach Mike Waufle and assistant head coach Dave McGinnis make a $1,000 contribution to St. Patrick Center for each sack recorded by the Rams. This offseason Gerald and some of his teammates participated in a paintball fundraiser also benefitting the St. Patrick Center. All proceeds from the event went to the  St. Patrick Center back to school initiative which helped adopt families in need to prepare them for the 2013 school year.

Also in the offseason, Gerald and his fellow rookies took part in the Rams 5th Annual Playground Build at Washington Elementary School. The event allowed him to interact with the beneficiaries of the project, and provided him with the starting point for his later community engagement and charitable efforts that he continues to build upon.

“Gerald’s immediate involvement in the community has been great,” said Molly Higgins, Rams’ vice president of corporate communications/civic affairs. “He’s part of one of our most charitable groups of guys – the defensive line – so I’m confident his charitable spirit and interests will only continue to grow as will his fan base as the St. Louis community really embraces their athletes who are committed to the community.”

About the Rams Community Player of the Week
Each week during the 2013 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 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.