Oregon State's second-ever Biletnikoff Award winner continues to make an impact on the field, but now he's making an impact off the field.
Former Beavers and current Los Angeles Rams receiver Brandin Cooks has announced a donation of $50,000 to his hometown of Stockton, CA, to establish the Stockton Children's Fund.
According to Lindsey Thiry of ESPN, "the money will help serve local kids who have been impacted by the effects of the coronavirus - helping to fund food and childcare, among other needs."
Rams WR Brandin Cooks has donated $50,000 to his hometown of Stockton, CA, to establish the Stockton Children's Fund. The money will help serve local kids who have been impacted by the effects of the coronavirus - helping to fund food and childcare, among other needs.— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) March 23, 2020
The 26-year-old was drafted No.20 overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2014 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year contract with the Saints before being traded to the New England Patriots in 2017. Cooks helped the Patriots get to the Super Bowl in 2018, where they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. The following offseason the Los Angeles Rams acquired Cooks and a 2018 fourth-round draft pick for 2018 first and sixth-round draft picks.
Coming off a Super Bowl appearance and heading into 2019, Cooks, along with Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Brown were the only receivers to record 1,000+ yards and five-plus receiving touchdowns in each of the prior three seasons. However, in 2019, his production fell to 42 catches for 583 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games. The Rams have reportedly been open to trading the wideout.
At Oregon State, Cooks was one of the best players in school history ultimately winning the program's second Biletnikoff Award his junior season when he recorded 1,730 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns.