Rams linebacker Connor Barwin makes SI’s 50 Fittest List for 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Michael Brockers
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Michael Brockers /

Connor Barwin of the Los Angeles Rams makes news of the good variety off the field.

Los Angeles Rams linebacker Connor Barwin wears more than a few hats. His Make The World Better Foundation is his attempt at improving Philadelphia communities “one park, one neighborhood at a time.” He’s even missing his own benefit concert tonight in his former NFL city as his new team plays tonight in another.

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Week 3 opens with the Rams playing the San Francisco 49ers tonight in LA’s first road trip of the 2017 season.

Barwin, drafted in 2009 by the Houston Texans, is with his third team, having signed with Los Angeles during the offseason.

The linebacker, who played collegiately at Cincinnati, has had a lot of his offseason activities written about. The socially conscious, eco-aware player has been an active member in the Philadelphia community before moving to the west coast. He was signed by the Rams to bolster a defense now under the tutelage of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who coached him in Houston.

Barwin has a well earned reputation for his fitness regimen and diligence to it. Sports Illustrated named him to their 2017 Fittest 50 List at No. 44.

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The Eagles signed the linebacker in 2013. Over four seasons, Barwin was one of the more versatile players for Philadelphia as he was impactful as a cover man, pass rusher, and run stopper. He was part of a 3-4 defense there, and is now with the Rams.

Barwin will help lead a Los Angeles defense tonight as Week 3 gets under way in San Francisco. The Rams were beaten by the Washington Redskins 27-20 for their first loss on the 2017 season.