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Ryan Mathews gives the gift of Gucci to his blockers


Ryan Mathews had a breakout season, but he’s not pretending he did it alone.

The Chargers running back decided to thank all his blockers for the work they did for him this year, giving them gifts of something better than Isotoner gloves.

According to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, Mathews gave each of his offensive linemen a Gucci watch to thank them for their help this year.

“He’s awesome,” Chargers center Nick Hardwick said. “That is who he is. It’s not him being humble just to be humble. He truly is that. He’ll grab you and say, ‘Let’s get this done. Let’s get this going.’ He knows it takes all of us. It takes his fullback. It takes his tight ends. It takes the receivers to pop big runs. It certainly takes the offensive line, and he knows that. He’s fully bought into the team concept of ‘us.’”

Mathews even extended his generosity to the late arrivals, giving one of the luxury timepieces to November addition Willie Smith, who has played in exactly six snaps since signing.

“I was like, ‘What the heck? Gucci? On my seat? At my locker? Wow,’ ” Smith said. “That was my response. I did not expect to get anything. . . .

“I didn’t know who it was from until I asked everybody, and they said it was Ryan.”

Mathews didn’t want to talk about the gifts, saying “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” and walking away.

But he can’t deny that with some help, he’s had a career year, with 1,255 rushing yards and six 100-yard games.

He’s expected to practice today after taking two days off to rest his sore ankle, and play in Sunday’s playoff game against the Bengals.

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28 Responses to “Ryan Mathews gives the gift of Gucci to his blockers”
  1. tonymission says: Jan 3, 2014 12:43 PM

    Maybe next year he can get them a nice watch. Panerai, perhaps?

  2. vikingsnorth says: Jan 3, 2014 12:45 PM

    AD gave his lineman snowmobiles.

  3. dasmol says: Jan 3, 2014 12:48 PM

    Let’s hope he can remain healthy and be the back Charger Fans hoped he’d be.

  4. mullman76 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:51 PM

    I like the humility.

    Good for him and the Gucci wearing OL.

  5. playgroundlgnd says: Jan 3, 2014 12:52 PM

    Id love to be involved in an nfl secret santa

  6. jman667 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:53 PM

    Glad the kid has finally played at the level everyone expected. Great story. If he stays healthy, his line will be getting more gifts in the future, maybe a ring.

  7. chargerdillon says: Jan 3, 2014 12:55 PM

    This is what veterans do.

    You see young guys like Cam Newton act so immature early on you don’t know if they’ll ever figure it out.

    And then they finally do and they understand how to embrace that team concept. It’s an amazing thing to see a player grow up and realize the importance of his fellow players.

  8. EJ says: Jan 3, 2014 12:56 PM

    Smart move, definitely gives his O-line a reason to put a little extra into their blocks this weekend. Good luck to the Chargers, with my team out of the playoffs, I’m backing the underdog on their path to the big game.

  9. dbones750 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:56 PM

    With all the me-first guys in the NFL, you gotta like these stories.

  10. 87hollywoodhorn says: Jan 3, 2014 12:57 PM

    What do I gotta do to get some gucci? Strugglin out here in uspa and dirty shell toes

  11. mrgroovesd says: Jan 3, 2014 1:07 PM

    Glad he recognized those that helped him get there. He wouldn’t have had those six 100 yards games without them opening up holes for him.

  12. joetoronto says: Jan 3, 2014 1:10 PM

    Watch or no watch, he’s a bust.

  13. surfinbird1 says: Jan 3, 2014 1:15 PM

    Manning gave his offensive line one topping pizzas.

  14. southpaw0609 says: Jan 3, 2014 1:22 PM

    Sounds like a stand up guy.

    Knows where his bread is buttered, good for him.

    Not to mention a little insurance for them blocking for him just as hard next yr, ha.

  15. ken0west says: Jan 3, 2014 1:26 PM

    Can they trade the gucci watch in for something nice? I like the idea but he really has no class when it comes to watch choice.

  16. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jan 3, 2014 1:29 PM

    With LaDanian gone…I can root for the Bolts once again on gamedays, he was a selfish tool (albeit very talented).

    Good to see Mathews have a solid year….hope he has a good playoff game to boot. Lots of likeable players on the Chargers.

  17. schmitty2 says: Jan 3, 2014 1:35 PM

    Did he roll an ankle or break any bones while handing over the gifts?

  18. r8dernation says: Jan 3, 2014 1:47 PM

    How is this any different than players having a friendly bounty program to get them fire up?

  19. fearthehoody says: Jan 3, 2014 2:25 PM

    Its better than the gifts of Soft serve ice cream and charmin toilet paper the O-Line gave Mathews. Cause you know, he’s soft

  20. laxcoach37 says: Jan 3, 2014 2:48 PM

    I heard that Lamar Miller and any other of my sucky Dolphins’s Running Backs gave the O-Linemen POISON in stead of Gucci.

  21. ftomasic1961 says: Jan 3, 2014 3:34 PM

    did he give the KC game refs anything extra?

  22. dannymac17 says: Jan 3, 2014 3:42 PM

    There is Joe Toronto.

    Joe, care to explain to me how the Raiders running backs are doing this post season??

    Bust? You would know all about that with RUN PMS tripping over the turf monster and hurting his groin.

    You are slimy and your team is in shambles.

  23. zeddicuszorander says: Jan 3, 2014 3:50 PM

    Toronto is in sore need of new material. Same old same old…..meanwhile Oakland continues its slow swirling of the toilet bowl……another year down…..another top ten pick. Pathetic.

  24. dasmol says: Jan 3, 2014 5:09 PM

    7th in yardage, hardly a bust

  25. dasmol says: Jan 3, 2014 5:09 PM

    30 some odd yards from 3rd

  26. onetwothreepointive says: Jan 3, 2014 6:28 PM

    Fly Eagles Fly, On The Road To Victory.
    Fight Eagles Fight, Score A Touchdown 1,2,3.5

    Hit ‘Em Low.
    Hit ‘Em High.
    And We’ll Watch Our Eagles Fly.

    Fly Eagles Fly, On The Road To Victory.

    E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!!!

  27. detaildondon says: Jan 4, 2014 3:16 AM

    He gave them the watches this week because he’s not going to see them next week.

  28. reaganyears says: Jan 4, 2014 10:23 AM

    Very classy gesture by Mathews.
    Love hearing about successful RB’s acknowledging linemen & full backs with gifts or taking them along to pro bowls.
    Hope his lineman aren’t watch snobs though because Gucci is equivalent to a Swatch

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