The St. Louis Rams Community Player of the Week presented by Ameren Missouri is defensive tackle
At 6 foot 5, 322 pounds, Brockers is an imposing figure. So much so, that head coach Jeff Fisher half-jokingly said he wanted the former Louisiana State standout to be the first one off the team bus on game days to intimidate opponents.
Intimidation factors aside, Fisher and the Rams were thrilled to take Brockers with the 14th overall pick in this past April’s Draft. Brockers made an immediate impact at LSU in a short time span. He played only two seasons and became a full-time starter in 2011, but in that time, he was a disruptive force. He totaled 10 tackles for a loss last year and shined during the National Championship against Alabama when he recorded a career-high seven tackles.
After a preseason injury kept him out of the team’s first three games, Brockers made his debut on September 30 against Seattle and almost instantly helped improve the team’s run defense. During a three-game stretch from October 4 through October 21, the Rams held opponents to 151 yards on 60 rushing attempts, good for only 2.5 yards per carry.
Brockers’ big frame has been a key part of an improved Rams defense. But just as important has been his big impact in the community.
When he first arrived in St. Louis, Brockers and his fellow rookies took part in the Rams’ annual rookie week. To cap off the week of community involvement, Brockers and some of the other Rams rookies volunteered at the Komen Race for the Cure. Brockers and his teammates greeted breast cancer survivors as they crossed the finish line by handing out pink roses and offering words and smiles of encouragement.
Once the season began, Brockers’ community efforts continued. He took part in the 17th annual Make-A-Wish Celebrity Server Night of Wishes, and spent the evening signing autographs and posing for pictures with those in attendance, while collecting “tips” along the way. Together, Brockers and his Rams teammates helped Make-A-Wish raise over $225,000 – or enough to grant the wishes of nearly 45 kids with terminal or life-threatening illnesses.
As he has settled in on the field, Brockers has found his niche off of it as well. Recently, he served as one of the faces for a new poster designed at promoting diversity and inclusivity in the St. Louis community. He, and teammates
In addition to his visible efforts in the community, Brockers makes sure to contribute behind the scenes as well. He is a member of the Rams’ All Community Team, and donates 20 tickets to each Rams home game to various organizations. He donates the tickets to groups benefitting single parents, youth athletics and to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri as well. In addition to donating the tickets, Michael meets each group after the game to spend time with the kids and families who attended the game.
The Rams were glad to make Brockers a member of the organization. But the St. Louis community is also benefitting from the presence of the big man.
“Since joining the Rams as our first-round pick, Michael has made community service a priority,” says Molly Higgins, St. Louis Rams vice president, corporate communications and civic affairs. “He’s a great young man, and we look forward to him making an impact on the field and in the St. Louis community for many years to come.”
About the Rams Community Player of the Week presented by Ameren Missouri
Each week during the 2012 season, the St. Louis Rams, along with team sponsor Ameren Missouri, will select a player who has made a positive impact on the Greater St. Louis community, giving of himself off 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.
Tell us how you power positive change in the community for the chance to win Rams tickets and official merchandise, by going to www.Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.