Community Player of the Week: Jake McQuaide

Posted Dec 19, 2012

The St. Louis Rams Community Player of the Week is long snapper Jake McQuaide.

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 - St. Louis. Many of St. Louis’ top restaurant and beverage companies were represented, offering those in attendance samples of their signature items. McQuaide worked the room, chatting with fans and taking time to sign autographs. Money raised from the evening benefitted the St. Louis Area Foodbank and St. Louis Sports Commission.

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 Steven Jackson Foundation and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, provided a holiday experience and gifts to 3,000 local kids in need. Throughout the afternoon, the kids had the opportunity to meet McQuaide and other Rams players, in addition to Santa Claus. They also took part in many fitness-themed activities on the field of the Edward Jones Dome and earned prizes in the process. At the end of the event, each child received Christmas gifts provided by various sponsors, including Rams players, staff members and other personnel as well as members of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

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 St. Louis and the surrounding areas.

“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.