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Community Player of the Week: Greg Robinson

Posted Sep 10, 2015

The St. Louis Rams are recognizing offensive tackle Greg Robinson as this week's Perficient Community Player of the Week.

Leading up to the St. Louis Rams’ season opener against the Seattle Seahawks, offensive tackle Greg Robinson was named the team’s Community Player of the Week for Week 1. The former second overall NFL Draft selection earned the honor after spending his offseason working with local youth groups in St. Louis.

“It was a surprise,” Robinson said of the award. “I feel blessed for being recognized for my community work.”

Following his rookie season, Robinson met with the team’s community outreach department to seek out ways he could give back to St. Louis. A big kid at heart, he decided to invite local organizations to join him at Dave and Buster’s for dinner and games during the offseason.

On one outing, three basketball teams of the Gene Slay’s Boys’ Club of St. Louis spent the day playing arcade games and eating pizza and burgers with Robinson as part of their end of the year celebration. The Rams’ starting left tackle also hosted groups from Marygrove and Kingdom House. Marygrove is a local non-profit that helps children, teens and young adults overcome an abusive past and other life challenges to work toward a brighter future. Kingdom House, another St. Louis non-profit, helps thousands obtain self-sufficiency and gain economic independence yearly.

Robinson enjoyed bonding with the children as he began to get his feet wet with his new community venture, all of which he personally funded. He learned that many of the children had never been to Dave and Buster’s. He would often give away the tickets he won to his new friends so they could get the better prizes at the end of the night.

“It’s great just making time to interact with the kids,” Robinson said. “Anything that I do for the community is a great opportunity to give back. It’s a great feeling knowing how much the kids love it.”

In addition to his personal outreach initiative, Robinson has made charitable contributions with the team as a whole. Last season, during his rookie year, he participated in Taste of the NFL to benefit the St. Louis Area Foodbank and helped host 4,000 underprivileged children at the Edward Jones Dome for the team’s annual Motion for Kids Holiday Party.

For the second straight season, he participated in the Coach Fisher & Friends Celebrity Softball Game that benefits five charities. He is also purchasing tickets to each Rams home game again this season to allow non-profits to attend as part of the Rams’ All Community Team.

“It was great to see Greg seek out unique opportunities to engage with local charities this offseason and really take an interest in these kids,” said Molly Higgins, vice president of corporate communication/civic affairs, St. Louis Rams. “We know that Greg is going to be a cornerstone of this team for a long time both on and off the field, and we are very proud of the work that he’s doing to make an impact in our community.”  

About the Rams Community Player of the Week

Each week during the 2015 season, the St. Louis Rams will select a player who has made a positive impact on the Greater St. Louis community. The Rams Community Player of the Week is brought to you by Perficient – the Rams’ Official Community Partner and Technology Solution Provider. 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.