The Los Angeles Rams announced Bradley Marquez as the Rams Community Player of the Week for week 8 in recognition of his community outreach efforts throughout the season.
Bradley Marquez is a wide receiver from Odessa, TX. Marquez signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2015. Since his arrival, Marquez has been involved with numerous Play 60 events, Breast Cancer Awareness efforts and many other Rams initiatives. He’s among the leaders in the locker room as it pertains to community outreach efforts.
Q & A with Bradley Marquez
What does it mean to be Community Player of the Week?
It means a lot. The community service that I do, I do it not expecting any kind of rewards or recognition. I just love to give back and I feel like I’m in the position now where I’m able to do that and I enjoy doing it.
What are some of the causes that you enjoy the most?
I’m open to doing anything really. I definitely enjoy Play 60 and being around kids a lot. I love interacting with people in general. Breast Cancer is something that hits close to home, so I enjoy being involved in that as well. Since this past offseason, I became involved with the American Diabetes Association because that also hits close to home, so I’m looking forward to continuing to grow with them in the future. But like I mentioned, I’m really open to anything and I’m blessed to be able to give back.
Why are you inspired to be so heavily involved in the community?
Giving back is something that I like to do. I don’t think necessarily have one particular person that I look up to or who has inspired me to be this way. I believe it’s more or less a tribute to how I was raised. Growing up it was me and my mom and I’m an only child so I think that’s why I enjoy working with kids so much. The position I’m in today, I know there’s a lot of kids that look up to us as NFL players. I’m just happy to be able to do that now.
What is the biggest challenge with encouraging the younger generation?
There’s a lot of social media and a lot of technology now. That’s why I feel Play 60 is so important. There are many kids that had different childhoods than a lot of us players growing up so it’s important for us to be able to encourage them how to get out, be active and still have fun. These kids look up to us. I’m in a position where this is not necessary, but it comes with the territory. Being a great person and a great player works hand in hand with giving back to the community. It’s nice to be able to share experiences with those who look up to us.
Fire Round with Bradley Marquez
Scariest thing about becoming a new father?
• My child getting hurt.
Who would you let babysit your son?
• Cody Davis
• Chase Reynolds
Describe yourself in 3 words…
Favorite thing to do during your down time?
• Play Xbox (I don’t take it as serious as some of the other guys.)
If you weren’t playing in the NFL what would you be doing?
• Playing baseball
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.
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, Cristal Solano, a personal banker from Los Angeles, for her community service organizing educational field trips and teaching financial literacy to local students. For more information on Wells Fargo’s commitment to community service, visit https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/corporate-responsibility/community-giving/