OL Tremayne Anchrum Jr. gets nod for LA Rams Walter Payton nominee

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The LA Rams roster is loaded with heroes. One such hero is offensive lineman Tremayne Anchrum Jr.

I loved the addition of offensive lineman Tremayne Anchrum Jr. Not just due to the fact that the LA Rams needed reinforcements to an offensive line that had been battered by injury in 2019. But when the Rams made the selection in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft with the 250th overall pick, the team identified one of the smartest offensive linemen in the draft, a headsy guy who understood the game he played as well as the shrewdest quarterback.

But that was only scratching the surface of the player who Tremayne Anchrum Jr. would become for the LA Rams organization, and for the community in which he played.

Generosity is more than donating money

The amount of generosity can never be measured in dollars and cents. Cutting a check requires no time and effort, and there are so many persons who have amassed untold wealth who can cut checks for hundreds of millions of dollars as easily as you or I can drop coins into the Salvation Army kettle as we enter our local grocery store. That’s not what the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide is all about.

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It’s about giving of oneself, something that comes as naturally to Tremayne Anchrum Jr. as blocking for his running backs or quarterback. As a player drafted in the seventh round, Tremayne Anchrum has yet to hit the NFL ‘payday.’ But what he lacks in his ability to cut huge checks, he more than makes up for by donating his time to so many worthy causes.