LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Demonstrates Excellence on The Field
Isaac Rochell plays an integral role on the rotating defensive line in Gus Bradley's scheme. Isaac has 7 sacks, 50 tackles, and 1 interception so far in his 4-year career. Since entering the NFL as a 7th round pick in the 2017 Draft, he has relied on his determination and work ethic to elevate his role on team from underdog to key contributor. His drive, knowledge of the game, and especially his leadership go far beyond the stat line.
Demonstrates Dedication and Commitment to Community Efforts this Year
Isaac Rochell has been among the most passionate and active Chargers players in the community during this tumultuous year. Whether it was providing funding for meals to the less fortunate affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, taking it upon himself to sponsor wishes through local Make-A-Wish chapters, or rallying his teammates to support the Black Lives Matter movement's continual call for social justice, Isaac has always led the charge. He is a member of the team's social justice player committee and has been extremely outspoken on equality and justice for everyone.
Demonstrates Dedication and Commitment to Community Efforts in Years Past
Isaac's past community efforts have been based around social media health and awareness through his personal #SeeYouOnSunday initiative, in which he sets an example for others by vowing to refrain from using social media on Saturdays. Isaac has hosted board game nights and other numerous events to show kids and adults alike the importance of balance when it comes to social media. In Isaac's own words: "Social media is one of the most time-consuming things we do and -- as with any time-consuming activity -- we must discuss the health risks and benefits. I would never play football days on end. Instead, every six days, I take a day off. I view social media the same way, and we are inviting social media users to take Saturday's off.
Demonstrates Consistency in Positive Character and Models a Lifestyle of Giving Back
Isaac's lifestyle of giving back can most efficiently be displayed through his humanitarian clothing brand - Local Human (www.localhuman.co). Partnering with The Do Good Foundation, every Local Human item purchased results in a similar item donated to local foster centers. The rest of the proceeds are donated directly to the Do Good Foundation. This year specifically, Isaac and Local Human have surprised local teachers with gift cards and cash donations, as well as created limited edition shirts with the phrase "More than a Post, More than a Protest, More than a Movement, More than a Trend" in support of social justice and voter registration.
Aside from his own community and philanthropic work, Isaac Rochell is also one of the most consistent participants in Chargers organized events. He has surprised local elementary students with bikes for the holidays and visited veterans in the VA hospital while also representing the initials of a fallen hero from the nonprofit organization TAPS. Isaac has participated in My Cause My Cleats each year with the team, and this year even offered to cover the design costs of teammates' cleats who were not planning to participate due to lack of a cause or connection. He has celebrated youth and high school football during Play Football month activations at training camp and preseason game and promoted the league's Hispanic Heritage platform surrounding the team's 2019 trip to Mexico City. It is for all these reasons and more that the Los Angeles Chargers are proud to nominate Isaac Rochell as their Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee.