Running back Ryan Mathews likes to make sure that the people that make holes for him feel appreciated.
Two Mondays ago, Mathews showed up between the morning and evening practices with jars full of candy that him and his mother had cooked up. This candy was given to Mathews’ offensive line, who will surely be a big part in his success or lack there of during his rookie year.
“That was great,” said Chargers’ center Nick Hardwick. “That was really cool.”
After his debut with the NFL and the San Diego Chargers, Mathews gave them pretty words to go along with the candy. “My lineman did an excellent job helping me out,” he said, attributing his nine carries for 50 yards in part to his offensive line. “Without those big guys helping me out, I think it would have been a whole lot of hurt.”
Mathews did the same thing at Fresno State, as many of his former offensive line became accustomed to receiving Mathews family-made treats. Even after leaving the Fresno State Bulldogs for the draft and heading to the NFL combine, Mathews texted Bulldog center Joe Bernardi, saying “I’m here because of you”.
He has always been a running back who appreciates what his offensive line does for him, which has become a bit of a rarity these days. As those paychecks continue to come in, look for Mathews to expand on some of the “treats” that he bribes his fellow Chargers with.