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Los Angeles Rams LT Andrew Whitworth took a unique approach to his birthday

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The man who protects Jared Goff’s blindside took his birthday as an opportunity to pay it forward

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Andrew Whitworth has been a godsend for the 2017 Los Angeles Rams. His dominant play in his age 35 season has given Jared Goff and Sean McVay the confidence to do their jobs without fear for Goff’s life - as was the case when Greg Robinson was the Rams left tackle.

On a Rams team that is often defined by it’s youth, the youngsters didn’t hold back in giving Whitworth a hard time about being long in the tooth.

It’s honestly refreshing to see Rams players giving each other grief. A friendly jab shows that this team isn’t burnt out, stressed, nor are they worried. They are comfortable with their identity and with where they stand this season. Another stark contrast between Jeff Fisher and Sean McVay.

But what was the birthday boy doing? He was preoccupied with something else.

As a parent who once struggled to buy such things for my kids, this is awesome. For a NFLer to take time out of his day - on his birthday - to get involved in the community like this... well it’s special.

The Rams Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee this season is Rodger Saffold, but this shows that the Rams have more than one player that is worth of such an award.

Happy belated birthday big man. You just earned a lot of respect in my book.