LOS ANGELES CHARGER ISAAC ROCHELL NAMED WEEK 17 NFLPA COMMUNITY MVP

Since launching his Local Human apparel line, with all proceeds going toward his Do Good Foundation, Rochell has raised more than $50,000 for social justice and pandemic relief efforts while helping thousands of underserved individuals.

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LOS ANGELES CHARGER ISAAC ROCHELL NAMED WEEK 17 NFLPA COMMUNITY MVP

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Isaac Rochell has been named Week 17 NFLPA Community MVP for donating more than $50,000 to social justice and pandemic relief efforts while providing food and resources for thousands of undeserved individuals in the greater Los Angeles area.

“I’m so thankful that my peers, the NFLPA and the NFL recognize the work that my team is doing by granting us this award,” Rochell said.

Back in April, during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman teamed up with his neighbor to spearhead Local Human, an apparel company that donates 100 percent of its proceeds to charitable efforts. Following an initial contribution that generated more than 2,000 meals and 600 wellness checks through Meals On Wheels for seniors citizens, the initiative quickly took off.

Over the past nine months, Local Human and its Do Good Foundation have:

  • Donated more than $10,000 to social justice-related non-profits;
  • Passed out 5,000 water bottles and 5,000 snacks to protestors during the largest Black Lives Matter rally in California;
  • Partnered with Impossible Foods to donate hundreds of burgers to the LA Food Bank;
  • Contributed more than $5,000 in supplies to three local teachers to help with virtual teaching materials;
  • Supplied Thanksgiving dinner for 450 families in Santa Ana, California during a drive-thru event along with Chargers teammate Trai Turner;
  • Spontaneously bought $5,000 for shoppers at a local grocery store on Giving Tuesday;
  • Provided 150 Christmas trees for low-income families in Watts, California;
  • Sponsored four low-income families in Santa Ana with $12,000 in gifts for the holidays;
  • Supplied Christmas dinner to 400 families in Santa Ana during a drive-thru event with Chargers teammates Michael Badgley and Jerry Tillery;
  • Sponsored two college visits for two LA students to visit the university of their choice, including pre-planned administrative meetings on campus to begin application process

“I’ve always said that being a great football player is my number one priority while I’m in the NFL,” said Rochell, who also serves as the Chargers’ player union rep. “While I believe that is my main goal, goal 1B is doing as much as I possibly can off the field to impact my community.”

In honor of Rochell being named this week’s Community MVP – and the final Community MVP of the 2020 season -- the NFLPA will make a $10,000 contribution to his Do Good Foundation.Also, our supporting partner Pledge It has set up a crowdfunding campaign to benefit the Do Good Foundation. Supporters can make a flat donation at the following website: pledgeit.org/Isaac-rochell.

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Rochell, along with the other 2020 Community MVPs, will become eligible for this year’s Alan Page Community Award, which is the highest honor that the NFLPA can bestow upon a player. The five finalists for the APC Award will be announced later this month, with the 2021 winner revealed during the NFLPA’s annual Super Bowl press conference in February.

The NFLPA Community MVP program recognizes NFL players who are making a positive impact in their hometowns and team cities. Each week during the regular season, the NFLPA will celebrate one player who has demonstrated a commitment to giving back to his community. Please visit our website to learn more about the program.

2020 NFLPA Community MVP winners:
Week 0: Kevin Byard, Tennessee Titans
Week 1: Cam Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 2: Rodney McLeod, Philadelphia Eagles
Week 3: Landon Collins, Washington Football Team
Week 4: Oren Burks, Green Bay Packers
Week 5: Harrison Phillips, Buffalo Bills
Week 6: Derrick Brown, Carolina Panthers
Week 7: Shawn Williams, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 8: Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles
Week 9: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 10: Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers
Week 11: Malcom Butler, Tennessee Titans
Week 12: Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 13: Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons
Week 14: Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos
Week 15: Brandon Copeland, New England Patriots
Week 16: Charles Leno Jr., Chicago Bears

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