WR Brandon Powell steps up for Rams, youth back home in south Florida

THOUSAND OAKS — Rams wide receiver Brandon Powell recently enjoyed watching the latest Avatar movie on the big screen in 3D, but that made him realize that families in need might not be able to have the same experience because of theater prices.

“I didn’t know movie theaters are that expensive now,” Powell said. “It’s like $20 to watch a movie. I know kids back home can’t do that.”

On Wednesday, Powell rented a movie theater in his home area of south Florida and hosted about 90 youth from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County for a special screening of the movie “Avatar: The Way of Water.”

Powell was disappointed about not being able to watch the movie with the kids, but he spoke to them on a video chat and was pleased to see them smiling while eating popcorn. Powell said he attended the same Boys and Girls Clubs, which is located near his grandmother’s house in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“I used to walk there every summer,” Powell said. “I used to go to the Boys and Girls Clubs, play football with my friends. I remember I was in the same position as those kids, going there to hang out with friends. You don’t want to be home and you stay off the streets. It’s nice to do something for them.”

Powell said he plans to do more activities in the offseason with the youth from his home area.

“I got a lot more planned with the kids,” Powell said. “It’s like water park days. Stuff that I wanted to do when I was a kid. That I couldn’t do because times were hard, just to give the kids something to look forward to.”

Powell is a 2018 undrafted free agent who played on four different teams before carving out a role with the Rams last season. He’s the team’s return specialist, but Powell has developed into a reliable wide receiver and stepped up on the field this season with starters Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson sidelined because of injuries.

Powell said the losses with the Rams have been frustrating this season, but the youth from back home remind him daily that there’s more to life than just winning football games.

“At the end of the day, it’s your job, it’s a game, like you want to win every game,” Powell said. “It’s life. You don’t win them all. Just for the bright side of it, I still get to go to work, I still get to bless other people. Giving them a chance that they probably couldn’t do themselves, so that’s more important to me than just winning games.”


Rams offensive coordinator Liam Coen said he’s still undecided about whether he will accept Kentucky’s offer to return to the university as the team’s offensive coordinator.

“I have not made a decision quite yet,” Coen said Thursday. “The focus, obviously, has been to truly put everything into this and this opportunity to be around these guys. There’s so many of these guys that I’m not only coaching them or they’re players, I’m really close with them as friends and also the staff. So, I’m going to take the next couple days after the game to think it through, talk through it with my family, my wife Ashley, and kind of make a decision that’s best for us.

“And definitely never easy, but that’s kind of this world is you get opportunities, you have to weigh and decide the pros and cons, make your lists, and figure out what’s best for you and your family. The focus is here for sure, and we’ll definitely come up with that in the next few days.”

Coen returned to the Rams this year after calling offensive plays for Kentucky in 2021. He was the Rams’ assistant wide receivers coach from 2018 to 2019 before becoming the assistant quarterbacks coach in 2020.


Right tackle Rob Havenstein was named as this year’s “Good Guy” winner, the Rams chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America announced on Thursday.

The “Good Guy” award is given annually to a player for his cooperation with the media. Havenstein was gracious with his time with local beat reporters and often provided thoughtful and insightful responses even during moments of adversity this season.

Havenstein was patient and helpful with this beat reporter during his first season covering the Rams. Havenstein, a team captain, joins cornerback Jalen Ramsey and former Rams defensive lineman Michael Brockers as previous “Good Guy” winners.

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Legendary Rams wide receiver Torry Holt was named as a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2023.

Holt spent 10 seasons with the St. Louis Rams and had a streak of eight consecutive seasons with at least 80 receptions and 1,000 yards. Holt won a Super Bowl as a rookie with the ‘99 Rams, who are also known as “The Greatest Show on Turf.”

Holt, a 2003 first-team All-Pro, will find out during the week of Super Bowl LVII in Arizona whether he will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.



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