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Former Utah State Standout Hosts Students For Venture Capital, Tech Tour

Oct 28, 2022, 3:28 PM
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Linebacker Bobby Wagner #45 of the Los Angeles Rams runs onto the field before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at State Farm Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Mike Christy/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mike Christy/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah State and current Los Angeles Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner hosted students for a venture capital and tech tour prior to Week 8 of the NFL season.

On October 25, the former Aggie hosted a group of high school student from Compton, South Central Los Angeles, and Watts.

Wagner, who has invested in different companies, sits on boards, and has invested in venture capital funds, according to TheRams.com, took the students on a tour of the Roc Nation agency before heading to SoFi Stadium, home of the Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.

“I feel like can use sports and entertainment to further do something that’s not just sports-related,” Wagner said to the students.

At Roc Nation, the students heard from venture firm executives. Following a lunch break, Wagner and the student went inside the Rams’ locker room for a presentation on tech from Google, Snap, and other tech companies.

“I knew I wanted to be in business, but I didn’t know that this was out there for me,” Wagner said. “And so it took me taking myself out of my comfort zone to find it. Even with this, my hope is that you guys get sparked and get inspired sooner than I got. I was about maybe 24 when I got inspired by something like this, so you guys are getting exposed to it at a way younger age. So I’m hoping you guys take away from it and then been able to take it, for sure.”

About Bobby Wagner

After a college career at Utah State, the Southern California native was selected by the Seahawks during the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Wagner helped Seattle win Super Bowl XLVIII in 2013.

Last season, Wagner recorded 170 total tackles, 93 solo tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one interception, and five pass breakups. The former USU standout was selected to his eighth consecutive Pro Bowl in 2021.

After spending the first 10 seasons of his career with the Seahawks, Wagner joined Seattle’s NFC West rival on March 31. The six-time All-Pro player was released by the Seahawks on March 8.

In the first six games of his Rams career, Wagner has 46 total tackles, 28 solo tackles, two sacks, and a pass breakup.

During his 10-year career, Wagner has recorded 1,429 total tackles, 847 solo tackles, 25.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries, 11 interceptions, one touchdown, and 61 pass breakups.

The Rams currently own a 3-3 record and are coming off a bye week.

Los Angeles’ next game is at home against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, October 30 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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