The Los Angeles Rams announced Rodger Saffold as the Rams Community Player of the Week for week 9 in recognition of his community outreach efforts throughout the season.
Rodger Saffold is a seventh-year Ram from Bedford, Ohio. Having started at right tackle, left tackle, left guard and right guard, Saffold’s versatility extends beyond the field. Since joining the Rams in 2010, Saffold has participated in almost every major team initiative. In addition to his involvement, Saffold adopts families during the Month of December to make their Holiday season a little brighter. Most recently Saffold hosted a child in foster care at practice Tuesday and helped create a memorable experience. Saffold also participated in Pros vs. GI Joes where he and some of his teammates had the opportunity to interact with troops overseas and play games with him.
Q & A with Rodger Saffold
What does Community Player of the Week mean to you?
I love helping out in the community. We’re big role models and we want to make sure that we put ourselves out there and be able to meet our fans and the kids that really need us. Being part of the community is truly important because at the end of the day we can shape our communities by the good deeds that we do outside of football, which is good for me and good for the team.
You had the opportunity host a foster kid, Matthew, at practice this week who wants to follow in your footsteps. What advice did you have for him?
It definitely made me feel good to meet Matthew and spend some one on one time with him. Matthew is a great kid. While speaking with him I shared some of my dreams growing up and what it took to get here. Basically I tried to help give him some tools that he needs to be successful. I told him to keep his head up and not to let his situation get him down. Matthew is a great kid and by helping him out, he’ll be able to help out people that are younger than him. It’s just a domino effect for these kids and that’s how you grow and tend to better men. That was done for me and I know that it’s now my job and I enjoy doing it.
Not only are you a gamer with your own eSPorts team, but you’ve been supporting Pros vs. GI Joes for the past few years. Do you have any particular ties to the military?
I think my support of the military is based off of pure appreciation. The freedoms that we have today were earned by other’s that gave their lives for us. I really appreciate the things that they’ve done. If I can be a distraction from the hard days our service men and women face, then I’m happy. During the Pros vs. GI Joes event, our opponents were up at 3am. I’m just hoping my teammates and I were able to ease their minds, because they have one of the most stressful jobs. Any way I can do my part while still enjoying my life and the freedoms of my family today is a plus.
Why is it important for you to use your platform and be a positive role model for others?
I’m from Cleveland, Ohio and I’ve seen a lot of people get stuck there. Many guys I used to know in high school are working in places they don’t want to be and I honestly just want better for people in the world. If I’m able to encourage others whether they’re younger or older and get our younger generation involved, that’s how we can truly serve our communities. I refuse to live in a bubble and do everything for the money because then I’d be doing a disservice.
Fire Round with Rodger Saffold
Describe yourself in 5 words…
• Good sense of humor
What is something about you that you don’t know?
• I can draw.
What is one thing you want your kids to know as they continue to grow older?
• I want them to know that hard work beats out talent, and when you’re talented you need to work even harder.
Quote you live by?
• “It’s lit.” (Laughs)
How many pairs of shoes do you have?
• I have upwards of 300 pairs of shoes, but I’ve donated about 150 pairs. Growing up I used to have 2 pairs so now I have an obsession.
If you had to co-host a show with one of your teammates who would it be and what would it be called?
• I’d host with Jamon Brown, aka “JB the Great”, and it’d be called Blatantly Honest.
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, Javier Torres, East Whittier branch manager, for his excellence in caring for the community by teaching financial literacy to youth and young adults, and supporting organizations that assist U.S. Military veterans. For more information on Wells Fargo’s commitment to community service, visit https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/corporate-responsibility/community-giving/