Rams Defensive Line Contributes on the Field and in the Community with ‘Sack Homelessness’

Posted Jan 16, 2014

The 2013 season was certainly a good one for charitable donations tied to on-field performance by Rams defensive linemen. The Sack Homelessness program, which began in 1997, aids area residents in need by partnering the Rams with St. Patrick Center, a St. Louis-based charity that provides housing, childcare, healthcare and employment services to more than 9,000 individuals each year.

Rams defensive linemen and defensive line coach Mike Waufle and assistant head coach Dave McGinnis combined to donate $57,900. Each player and coach contributed $100 for each sack accrued by the team. This year’s final dollar figure eclipsed last year’s total contribution of $52,000.

For a unit that prides itself on its ability to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks, to see its successes spread beyond the playing field and into the community is an added benefit.

“It’s always good to give back, first of all,” said DT Michael Brockers, who did his part in contributing to the cause by leading all Rams defensive tackles with 5.5 sacks this year. “I think that’s the biggest thing about this Sack Homelessness effort. This is a charity that is very special to us and it’s our thing, and our way of giving back.”

The Rams tallied 53 total sacks during the season, 46 of which were contributed by defensive linemen. That sack total was the third-highest in the NFL, and marked the most by a Rams team since they racked up 57 in 1999. The Rams have been increasingly productive in the sack category in recent years, as 2013 marked the third time in the past four seasons in which they surpassed the 50-sack plateau. DE Robert Quinn provided the biggest boost for both the Rams and St. Patrick Center this year by establishing a new team record with 19 sacks.

Quinn, whose record-breaking season led to him being named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America, was one of four Rams defensive linemen and linebackers to set new personal-bests in sacks, joining Brockers, LB James Laurinaitis and DT Kendall Langford.

Brockers was quick to give a nod to Quinn for his heavy lifting both on the field and in the community. “When you get a guy that has 19 sacks in a season, that’ll certainly help the total number,” Brockers said. “Everybody eats well.”