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Even with L.A. questions lingering, Jared Cook working to help St. Louis

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Otto Greule Jr

Rams tight end Jared Cook knows there’s a good chance his employer won’t be in St. Louis this time next year.

But that doesn’t mean he’s going to stop working there.

Via Alex Marvez of FOX Sports, Cook said the talk about a pending move to Los Angeles takes a toll on players, but he’s still trying to help his community while he’s there. During an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Cook described the work he’s doing with the Van Duzer Foundation’s Restoring the Village initiative, with whom he has helped start seven Boy Scout troops in Ferguson, Mo.

It is tough because you invest so much in the community and the areas you’re in while you’re there,” Cook said. “You become a voice for the people that do not have a voice.

“There’s so many people here we’ve been trying to help — Boys and Girls Clubs, the homeless people — that if we were uprooted and moved, the only thing you can do is establish something as well in the next city you go to and pray that your voice was heard and you changed lives while you were here.”

Cook was one of the most active Rams in Ferguson after last summer’s police shooting of Michael Brown, and the subsequent weeks of violence and racial tensions.

So the persistent questions about Los Angeles might hit him differently than others.

“It’s something you can never escape or get away from,” Cook said. “Somewhere, somebody is always talking about it or there’s always a question that pops up no matter if they’re Rams fans or [New York] Giants fans. Somebody always wants to know.

“The best thing you can do is not even focus on it. You can kind of detour the question because at the end of the day it’s out of our hands as players and coaches. There’s only one man who can make that decision. The best thing we can do is go to work every day and do your job, control the things you can control, and focus on the season one week at a time like you’re used to.”

And for Cook, that means continuing the work in the community he’s already in.