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Community Player of the Week: Nelson Spruce

Posted Dec 15, 2016

Each week, the 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.

The Los Angeles Rams announced Nelson Spruce as the Rams Community Player of the Week for week 14 in recognition of his community outreach efforts throughout the season.

Nelson Spruce is a rookie from Westlake, CA. Spruce attended Colorado and was signed to the Rams as an undrafted free agent. Upon his arrival Spruce was eager to get involved with major team initiatives such as Make-A-Wish and Taste of the NFL. Most recently Spruce visited Weathersfield Elementary where he read holiday stories to 2nd and 3rd graders, in addition to having recess with their 4th and 5thfourth and fifth graders. Despite spending the majority of his rookie season on injured reserve, Spruce is committed to being involved in the community across the Greater Los Angeles area.

What does it mean to be Community Player of the Week?
I think it’s a pretty cool to be recognized because we are in a position where we need to give back. We have this platform, so we need to utilize it. I have been looking forward to getting involved with the schools around Los Angeles since I am from this area.

What causes are you involved in or would like to work with?
I want to get involved with youth in the area – connecting with them and going to schools. They look up to us and it’s a good opportunity to reach out and be a positive influence on them.

Why is it important for you to use your platform?
Now that we’re a part of the NFL, especially for the younger kids growing up, they’re all looking at us. I feel like it’s our responsibility to be positive role models. Being in their position at one point, I know how much being in the NFL means and how much influence we have, so I feel like it’s our responsibility.

Who or what has influenced you to give back?
My dad, because growing up he always taught me the importance about giving back, utilizing whatever platform we have and being a positive role model. I’ve seen him do that growing up and preaching that message.

Fire Round with Nelson Spruce

What is your favorite post-game meal?
•    Sushi

What was your favorite Halloween Costume?
•    My roommate and I dressed up as Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute from “The Office” and I got a lot of compliments. I think that was my favorite.

If you could host a reality TV show with another player, who would you host it with and what would it be about?
•    Zach Laskey on a High Stakes Blackjack Reality Show

Describe yourself in three words…
•    Competitive
•    Complex
•    Determined

If you weren’t playing in the NFL, what type of work would you want to do?
•    I’d probably be involved in nutrition and sports medicine.

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, Liz Diaz, a home mortgage customer service representative in the South Bay, for her excellence in caring for the community. Liz and her team recently coordinated an effort to feed hungry children and families in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles. They named their food drive “Meals on Wagon Wheels” and filled wagons full of food and school supplies. For many of the children they served this was the only balanced meal the children received for days at a time. For more information on Wells Fargo’s commitment to community service, visit https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/corporate-responsibility/community-giving/