THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – In recognition of showcasing proper playing technique to make impactful plays, Rams safety Eric Weddle received the NFL's Way to Play award for the second straight week. He is the first back-to-back winner in the award's history.
"It's awesome to be the first back-to-back (recipient), to be recognized," Weddle said. "(To make) big plays that help my team, that's what I like. I was able to make some plays for the guys to either get off the field or make a turnover."
Weddle takes home the Week 3 honor after posting six total tackles in Los Angeles' 20-13 win at Cleveland on Sunday Night Football, including a game-changing stop late in the fourth quarter.
Trailing 17-13 with 9:19 remaining, the Browns went for it on 4th and 9 from the Rams 40-yard line and tried a draw play with RB Nick Chubb to get the conversion. Chubb made it two yards after the handoff before getting wrapped up by Weddle, a stop which resulted in a turnover on downs and three points for the Rams to extend their lead to seven.
Selected by a distinguished panel of Legends, the NFL Way to Play award recognizes current players at both the pro and high school level who exhibit excellent playing technique each week of NFL regular season.
Nominees for the award are chosen by NFL Football Operations and Officiating departments. Video of those plays are then sent to an expert panel consisting of Merril Hoge, Ronnie Lott, Willie McGinest, Orlando Pace and Michael Robinson.
"Congrats to Eric Weddle for winning the NFL Way to Play two weeks in a row!" Pace said. "Well deserved my man! Let's go Rams Nation."
The initiative rewards each recipient with a $2,500 equipment grant through USA Football to be awarded to the local youth or high school football program of the player's choice. Weddle announced via Twitter on Thursday that one of the grants will go to Poway High School, while the other will go to Rancho Bernardo Pop Warner – two programs that he shares a personal connection with.
"Poway High School is where my kids are going to go to high school," Weddle said. "Rancho Bernardo Pop Warner, that's where my son is playing Pop Warner and my daughter is cheerleading for them.
"I help them out, give back to the city that's home for me. It will be good."