Andrew Whitworth decided to pay it forward amid the tragedy that shook Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The Rams left tackle will donate his check for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks to the Ventura County Community Foundation’s Conejo Valley Victims Fund, which was set up to aid the families of the 12 victims who died from a shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar Wednesday.
“You’re looking for any answer, you’re looking for what can we do to solve this or what can we do to help people that are going through this, in the tragedy, in the moment, there is no perfect way,” Whitworth said earlier this week, via ESPN.
“I just don’t — the way that I believe and operate, I just don’t believe that sitting there wondering is the best way, I believe in finding a way to put your feet on the ground.”
The Borderline Bar & Grill is located less than five miles from the Rams’ practice facility and seven miles away from the team’s headquarters.
Whitworth added he asked his teammates to help out in any way before the Rams’ home game Sunday.
The Rams are also giving back to those affected by the wildfires that have swept much of Southern California. Whitworth, Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and Michael Brockers are among some of the players who will auction off their game-worn jerseys to raise money for those affected by the wildfires.
More than 250,000 people, including at least 45 Rams coaches, players and employees, have been evacuated from the Los Angeles area.