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Mathews (6-0, 218) is a three-year running back in his third season with the Cahrgers.
Ryan Mathews made quite an ascent from year one to year two of his NFL career, capping off a 1,500-yard season with an invitation to play in the 2012 Pro Bowl.
Chosen by teammates as the Chargers’ Offensive Player of the Year, Mathews rushed for 1,091 yards in 2011 and added 455 as a pass-catcher to become just the 14th player in team history to top 1,500 total yards from scrimmage. He was originally tabbed a second-alternate for the AFC Pro Bowl roster, but was invited when two players ahead of him pulled out of the game. Mathews was deserving of the honor after a season in which he ranked seventh in the NFL in scrimmage yards, 10th in rushing yards and seventh again in yards per carry.
Only the 10th player in team history to top 1,000 yards rushing, Mathews really found his legs late in the season, rushing for more than 100 yards in three-straight games against Denver, Jacksonville and Buffalo. During that same stretch, he put together a string of five-straight games in which he had at least one run of 20 yards or longer. Only two other players in franchise history, Natrone Means and Paul Lowe, had similar streaks. Mathews’ average of 4.9 yards per carry became the sixth-highest in team history (min. 200 attempts).
Mathews and backfield-mate Mike Tolbert also provided a boost in the Chargers’ passing game as Mathews caught 50 passes and their combined total of 104 was the second-most by any running back tandem in the NFL.
Mathews was the Chargers’ first-round pick in the ’10 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he and Tolbert became the only running back duo in franchise history to score at least seven rushing touchdowns each, and they became the franchise’s first rushing duo to each top 600 yards since 1993.
Mathews’ path to the NFL was a difficult one. He was raised by a single mother, Tricia, who gave birth when she was just 16. With her own mother battling a drug addiction, Tricia turned to relatives to find a place to stay and raise Ryan. Unfortunately, Tricia ran out of options and ultimately settled on the backseat of her 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. Their story is both heartbreaking and inspiring. After several months of living in the car, bathing and washing Ryan’s clothes at a public park and feeding him from a Riverside, California soup kitchen, Tricia found a stable home with her grandmother, Glenna, in nearby Tehachapi.
With a roof over her head, Tricia found work while her grandmother looked after young Ryan. Tricia worked up to three jobs a day to save money and support her son. After years of saving and living with Ryan’s grandmother, Tricia had saved enough money to move them to Bakersfield, where Ryan enrolled at West High School. It was there that Tricia landed a well-paying job, but one of the drawbacks was that it included extensive travel. At the time, the Mathews household had grown by one as Ryan’s best friend, Dante, had moved in with them to escape a home rife with drug use. With Tricia away working, Ryan and Dante often had the apartment to themselves and as a result, Ryan’s academics began a steady slide.
Things became particularly bad following a 235-yard, six-touchdown performance by Mathews in the league championship game his junior year. With a D-average and on the verge of being ineligible for his senior year, Mathews was challenged by both his mother and Fresno State Head Coach Pat Hill. It was a crossroads for the budding star. His mother’s plea carried the most weight as she reminded him of the sacrifices she made to raise him and it had a profound effect. Mathews fulfilled a promise to buckle down in school. He maintained his eligibility and proceeded to put together a 3,396-yard, 44-touchdown senior season that had coaches calling from across the country.
Despite the attention, Mathews stayed true to his commitment to Fresno State’s Hill. A classic downhill runner with a blend of power and speed, Mathews broke out as a junior at FSU, rushing for a school-record and NCAA-leading 1,808 yards and 19 touchdowns. He tallied 17 runs of at least 20 yards and enjoyed some of his best days against the nation’s top defenses, including a 234-yard, three-touchdown performance against Boise State. Mathews became the only player in the nation to rush for more than 100 yards against three Top-25 teams in 2009, doing so against No. 5 Cincinnati, No. 6 Boise St. and No. 14 Wisconsin.
Eager to make amends to his mother for her sacrifices and right earlier wrongs, Mathews applied for early entry to the 2010 NFL Draft. Ironically, one of Mathews’ childhood heroes was LaDainian Tomlinson and Mathews secretly hoped to be drafted by the Chargers. Unbeknownst, the Chargers were so smitten with Mathews that they traded up 16 spots to select Mathews with the 12th overall pick in the first round. And coincidentally, he became the first running back selected by the Chargers in the first round since Tomlinson in 2001.
Mathews and his mom now oversee the Trish and Ryan Mathews Door of Hope Chest Foundation. They partnered with the Salvation Army and assist homeless women and children transition to independent living.
In his free time, Mathews is a big video gamer and one of his favorite games is World of Warcraft. In January, Mathews visited Blizzard Entertainment’s headquarters in Irvine, Calif. to tour the facilities and meet the game’s development team.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: First-round pick (12), April 22, 2010...signed five-year contract, Aug. 2.
2011: Had a career-high 73 yards receiving, including a career-long 37-yard catch Week 1 against Minnesota...Tallied a career-high 149 yards of total offense Week 3 against Kansas City...he had 98 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns, his most in a game at Qualcomm Stadium...Had 149 yards of total offense for the second-consecutive week against Miami, including a career-long 42-yard catch-and-run on 2nd-and-18 during the Chargers’ third-quarter touchdown drive...Rushed for a career-high 125 yards and set up a late first quarter field goal with a career-long 36-yard run Week 5 at Denver...it was Mathews’ second-career 100-yard game, with both coming in Denver’s Sports Authority Field...Ryan Mathews rushed for a career-high 137 yards Week 12 against Denver, including a career-long 39-yard run…it was his third 100-yard game in three career games against the Broncos, including two this season…Mathews’ 6.2 average per carry was his highest in a game in which he logged at least 10 rushing attempts…Mathews increased his season rushing total to 717, topping his rookie season total of 678...Scored the Chargers’ final points of the night Week 13 against Jacksonville, tying the longest touchdown run of his career (31 yards)...Mathews finished the game with 112 yards on just 13 carries, averaging a stout 8.6 yards per attempt...it was Mathews’ second-straight 100-yard game and the first back-to-back 100-yard efforts by a Chargers running back since 2007...Mathews set up a second-quarter field goal Week 14 against Buffalo with a game-long 37-yard run...it was his third straight game with a run of 30 yards or longer. Mathews finished the game with 114 yards rushing, his third-straight 100-yard game…he became the first Chargers running back since LaDainian Tomlinson (2007) with at least three-straight 100-yard games...Mathews tied his season high with two rushing scores Week 15 against Baltimore. Mathews rushed for 90 yards against the Ravens, giving him 1,033 for the year, his first 1,000-yard season.
2010: Injured ankle Sept. 19 vs. Jacksonville and inactive Sept. 26 at Seattle...first-career touchdown on 15-yard run Oct. 3 vs. Arizona...season-best 120 yards and three touchdowns in 33-28 win at Denver Jan. 2...scored on runs of 27, 12 and season-long 31 yards.
COLLEGE: Second-team All-America by AP and SI and firstteam All-WAC in 2009...second-most career yards and carries (534) in school history...school-record 11 total and ninestraight 100-yard rush games in ’09...owns third (vs. Boise State '09) and fourth (San Jose State '09) best rushing games in school history...WAC Offensive POW following ’09 Boise State, San Jose State and Utah State games...led nation’s frosh in '07 with 14 touchdowns and 6.0 ypc avg...played at Fresno State from 2007-09...general studies major.
PERSONAL: Born in Riverside, California...led nation in rushing as senior at West High School in Bakersfield, Calif. with 3,396 yards and 44 touchdowns...second-team All-America and first-team all-state in ’06...CIF Champions in '05.
San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews joined NFL network Friday to discuss his rehab from injury, the new Chargers coaching staff and much more.