Reynolds Defies the Odds

Posted Nov 26, 2014

Read about what makes running back Chase Reynolds this week's Community Player of the Week.

Imagine a town in Montana too small to field more than an eight-man football squad. Now imagine one of the top players on that team having his first child while still in that tiny high school. The expectations for that player to play in college, much less the pros, fall to next to none. That player even started to believe it wasn’t possible, until he made himself a promise to never give up.

Keeping that promise led Chase Reynolds from Drummond, MT to the University of Montana, to the Rams practice squad, and finally to the team's 53-man roster. Because his path to the NFL was anything but guaranteed, he has learned to value every aspect and every minute of the experience. That includes the ability to make a difference in the community thanks to the platform afforded professional athletes.

“Being a pro athlete, it’s important to be able to give back and see that there’s more to the game than just playing or being in the spotlight,” said Reynolds, a third-year running back.

Reynolds has been a father longer than many on the young Rams’ roster, and it’s easy to see his experience with and love of children influencing his time in the community.

“Having kids of my own and knowing how important it is to give that special touch or moment is really great to me,” said Reynolds. “I just try to be spontaneous with kids and leave a good taste in their mouth about athletes and the people they may look up to so it’s a good experience for them.”

Reynolds had a chance to interact with dozens of children at the recent Holiday Mail for Heroes event. He helped students write and draw messages inside cards to send to military members over the holidays. At the school visit, it was easy to see not only Reynolds’ comfort level with children, but their comfort around him as well. While working on the cards, he told one little girl she was a better artist than he was. She quickly said, “Don’t worry, you’re better at football than me.”

"Chase is one of those guys who's always more than willing to help out with our charitable efforts and he's universally loved by kids and adults," said Molly Higgins, Rams' vice president of corporate communications & civic affairs. "Regardless of the audience, we always know he's going to be a huge hit. Last week, he was visiting elementary school kids and this week, he was handing out turkeys and Thanksgiving meals in East St. Louis. It's great to have players like Chase who are so versatile and varied in his charitable interests."  

About the Rams Community Player of the Week:
Each week during the 2014 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.