The St. Louis Rams Community Player of the Week is cornerback
Last offseason, the Rams were looking to acquire tough, high-end players that could serve as leaders for a young but raw team. Enter Finnegan. The Rams made the former Tennessee Titan their top priority in free agency and moved quickly to bring him on board. In year one of a five-year contract, Finnegan lived up to his billing as a hard-nosed, physical presence in the secondary.
Finnegan backed up his role as leader and mentor with his play on the field. He recorded 101 tackles – a career high – and snagged three interceptions, including one he returned 31 yards for a touchdown in the season-opening game at
The day after recording his first win with the Rams, Finnegan kept the celebration going by joining teammates for the 17th annual Make-A-Wish Celebrity Server Night of Wishes. He and the other Rams players helped raise money for Wish Kids battling terminal or life-threatening illnesses. Throughout the evening, Finnegan collected tips from event attendees in exchange for autographs and photos opportunities. At the end of the night, the Rams had helped raise over $225,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, or enough to grant the wishes of over 45 Wish Kids.
Finnegan again joined teammates in December for the 10th annual Taste of the NFL –
During the holiday season, Finnegan was instrumental in the team’s efforts with the Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign. He served as the chair of the event and recruited other members of the Rams defense to help ring bells and raise money for the Salvation Army. Stationed outside the Schnucks in Des Peres, Finnegan, some of his teammates as well as Rams cheerleaders and staff members rang bells and raised over $5,200 for the organization and the Tree of Lights Campaign. For a donation into the red kettle, Finnegan and his teammates signed memorabilia for fans who ventured out to the event. He also went on-air with 101 ESPN to promote the effort as well.
The Rams’ cornerback also tackles community projects individually. Earlier this year, he assisted with KSDK Newschannel 5’s “
Finnegan brought leadership and strong play to the Rams defense, but he also had a profound impact on the community. A feisty defender on the field, Finnegan has brought the same passion to his off-the-field efforts.
About the Rams Community Player of the Week
Each week during the 2012 season, the St. Louis Rams will select a player who has made a positive impact on the Greater St. Louis community, giving of himself off of the field. 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.