After having a carer year so far, Chargers running back Ryan Mathews bought each of his offensive lineman a Gucci watch, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Offensive lineman Willie Smith was very surprised by the gift since he’s new to the team and doesn’t know Mathews very well.
“I was shocked,” Smith said.
Mathews had six 100-yard games in 2013, most among NFL running backs. After each, without exemption, he repeatedly gave credit to his O-line. It wasn’t lip service. There is a genuine bond between Mathews and his blockers, one that carries into Sunday’s playoff game versus the Bengals.
Mathews set a career high in rushing yards this season, finishing with 1,255.
As a token of appreciation, he bought each of his offensive linemen — even newcomer Smith — a Gucci watch.
“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.”