Ryan Mathews gives his offensive linemen Gucci watches

Ryan Mathews enjoyed a breakout season in 2013, and he’s personally thanking those who helped accomplish the feat.

According to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, the Chargers’ workhorse running back gave each of his offensive linemen a Gucci watch.

“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 made sure to extend his generosity far beyond the usual bounds. He even gifted a watch to Willie Smith, who signed with the team in November and played in only six snaps.

“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’ blockers helped pave the way to a career-high 1,255 rushing yards, including six 100-yard games, for the fourth-year back.

Zack Kelberman
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