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Ryan Mathews
RB #24
Height:
6-0
Weight:
220
Age:
26
College:
Fresno State
Hometown:
Bakersfield, Calif.
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2013):

CAR
285
YDS
1,255
AVG
4.4
TDS
6
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesRushingReceivingFumbles
GGSAttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLongTDFUMLost
TOTAL 849 3,731 4.4 51 20 137 1,041 7.6 42 1 14 8
2013 SD 16 14 285 1,255 4.4 51 6 26 189 7.3 17 1 2 1
2012 SD 12 9 184 707 3.8 31 1 39 252 6.5 24 0 2 2
2011 SD 14 14 222 1,091 4.9 39 6 50 455 9.1 42 0 5 2
2010 SD 12 9 158 678 4.3 31T 7 22 145 6.6 17 0 5 3
Recent Games
WKOppResultRushingReceivingFumbles
AttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 HOU L 28-31 13 33 2.5 8 0 2 22 11 14 1 -- --
2 @PHI W 33-30 16 73 4.6 20 0 1 3 3 3 0 1 1
3 @TEN L 17-20 16 58 3.6 8 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 DAL W 30-21 19 62 3.3 7 0 4 41 10.3 14 0 -- --
5 @OAK L 17-27 3 8 2.7 5 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 IND W 19-9 22 102 4.6 15 0 0 0 -- -- 0 -- --
7 @JAC W 24-6 21 110 5.2 14 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
9 @WAS L 24-30 7 34 4.9 11 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10 DEN L 20-28 14 59 4.2 35 1 1 2 2 2 0 -- --
11 @MIA L 16-20 19 127 6.7 51 0 2 16 8 11 0 -- --
12 @KC W 41-38 14 55 3.9 13 1 2 10 5 9 0 1 0
13 CIN L 10-17 14 61 4.4 13 0 5 31 6.2 17 0 -- --
14 NYG W 37-14 29 103 3.6 16 1 3 32 10.7 12 0 -- --
15 @DEN W 27-20 29 127 4.4 23 1 1 1 1 1 0 -- --
16 OAK W 26-13 25 99 4 34 1 3 20 6.7 9 0 -- --
17 KC W 27-24 24 144 6 44 0 2 11 5.5 6 0 -- --

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Bio

Ryan Mathews, the ninth-ranked rushing leader in franchise history, has recovered from two broken collarbones and he has his sights set on big goals for 2013.  

Mathews’ 2012 season featured its ups and downs as it was marred by the two fluke injuries. He had reported to camp bulked up and in outstanding shape, having trained hard in the team’s offseason program. He was looking forward to big things in his third NFL season, but on the third play of the Chargers’ first preseason game, Mathews suffered a fractured right collarbone. The injury caused him to miss the rest of the preseason and the first two weeks of the regular season. Mathews went on to play in 12 games, starting nine, but in the second quarter of the Chargers’ Dec. 16 game against Carolina, Mathews fractured his left collarbone and his 2012 season came to an end.     

Mathews made a significant ascent from year one to year two of his NFL career. The first-round pick in 2010 racked up more than 1,500 yards in 2011, capping the year with an invitation to play in the Pro Bowl, along with a nod as the team’s offensive player of the year. Mathews rushed for 1,091 yards 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 Pro Bowl, but when two players ahead of him pulled out of the game, his invitation to Hawaii arrived. It was a deserving honor for a player who ranked seventh in the NFL in scrimmage yards, 10th in rushing yards and seventh in yards per carry. Mathews really found his legs late in the 2011 season, rushing for over 100 yards in three-straight games. 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’ 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 live and raise Ryan. Unfortunately, she ran out of options and ultimately settled on the backseat of a 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, Calif. 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, who had heavily recruited the young back. 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 Coach Hill. A classic downhill runner with a blend of power and speed, Mathews broke out as a junior at Fresno State, 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 for his mother’s sacrifices and his own misdeeds, Mathews applied for early entry to the 2010 NFL Draft. Ironically, one of his 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 him 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 have partnered with the Salvation Army and assist homeless women and children transition to independent living. Mathews serves as a spokesperson for the Chargers-Kaiser Permanente Bolts to the Q, a 5k run whose proceeds go toward the Salvation Army Door of Hope Chest.      

Mathews is also working with Shock Doctor, a company that specializes in football protection products. Mathews serves as an ambassador and product development advisor.         

In his free time, Mathews is a big video gamer. One of his favorite games is World of Warcraft. Last January, Mathews received an invitation to visit Blizzard Entertainment’s headquarters in Irvine, Calif. to tour the facilities and meet the game’s development team.       

In addition to his passion for video games, Mathews enjoys spending time with his two dogs, Goose and Maverick, and watching Quentin Tarantino films. A freakishly talented wakeboarder, Mathews also likes to spend time on the water at the wheel of his MasterCraft ski boat.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: First-round pick (12), April 22, 2010...signed Aug. 2.

2012: Inactive Weeks 1-2 (collarbone)...first rushing touchdown of season (13 yards) and totaled 139 yards of total offense Oct. 7 at New Orleans...season-high 95 yards rushing Oct. 28 at Cleveland...moved past Mike Garrett and into 10th place on team’s all-time rushing yardage list Nov. 11 at Tampa Bay...passed Gary Anderson for ninth on team’s all-time rushing list Nov. 18 at Denver...injured collarbone Dec. 16 vs. Carolina and placed on “Reserve-Injured” list Dec. 18. 2011: Pro Bowl... Rodney Culver Memorial Award as Chargers’ Offensive Player of Year... caught 50 passes and combined with Mike Tobert for 104 catches, second-most by any running back tandem...season-high 73 yards receiving Week 1 vs. Minnesota...two rushing touchdowns Sept. 25 vs. Kansas City and Dec. 18 vs. Baltimore, tied for most in game at Qualcomm Stadium ...career-long 42-yard catch on 2nd-and-18 during third-quarter touchdown drive Oct. 2 vs. Miami...back-to-back games of identical 149 scrimmage yards in wins over Chiefs and Dolphins...career-high 137 yards rushing and career-long 39-yard carry Nov. 27 vs. Denver...third 100-yard game in three career outings vs. Broncos...31-yard touchdown run Dec. 5 at Jacksonville tied career-long scoring run...112 yards on 13 carries vs. Jags, averaging 8.6 yards per carry, highest in game with at least 10 rush attempts...37-yard run Dec. 11 vs. Buffalo marked third-straight game with run of 30 yards or longer... over 100 yards third-straight game vs. Bills, team’s longest streak since 2007...topped 1,000 yards for season in 34-14 win Dec. 18 vs. Ravens on NBC Sunday Night Football. 2010: Combined with Tolbert as first running back duo in franchise history with at least seven rushing touchdowns each...also franchise’s first rushing duo to each top 600 yards since 1993...injured ankle Sept. 19 vs. Jacksonville...inactive Sept. 26 at Seattle...first-career touchdown (15 yards) Oct. 3 vs. Arizona...season-best 120 yards and three touchdowns (27, 12 and season-long 31) in 33-28 win at Denver Jan. 2.

COLLEGE: Second-team Associated Press and Sports Illustrated All-America and first-team All-Western Athletic Conference in 2009...second-most career yards and carries (534) in school history...school-record 11 total and nine-straight 100-yard rush games in ’09...third (vs. Boise State ’09) and fourth (San Jose State ’09) best rushing games in school history...WAC Offensive Player of Week following ’09 Boise State, San Jose State and Utah State games...led nation’s freshman in ’07 with 14 touchdowns and 6.0 ypc avg... played at Fresno State from 2007-09...general studies major.

PERSONAL: Born in Riverside, Calif...led nation in rushing as senior at West High 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.

Ryan Mathews, the ninth-ranked rushing leader in franchise history, has recovered from two broken collarbones and he has his sights set on big goals for 2013.

Mathews’ 2012 season featured its ups and downs as it was marred by the two fluke injuries. He had reported to camp bulked up and in outstanding shape, having trained hard in the team’s offseason program. He was looking forward to big things in his third NFL season, but on the third play of the Chargers’ first preseason game, Mathews suffered a fractured right collarbone. The injury caused him to miss the rest of the preseason and the first two weeks of the regular season. Mathews went on to play in 12 games, starting nine, but in the second quarter of the Chargers’ Dec. 16 game against Carolina, Mathews fractured his left collarbone and his 2012 season came to an end.

Mathews made a significant ascent from year one to year two of his NFL career. The first-round pick in 2010 racked up more than 1,500 yards in 2011, capping the year with an invitation to play in the Pro Bowl, along with a nod as the team’s offensive player of the year. Mathews rushed for 1,091 yards 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 Pro Bowl, but when two players ahead of him pulled out of the game, his invitation to Hawaii arrived. It was a deserving honor for a player who ranked seventh in the NFL in scrimmage yards, 10th in rushing yards and seventh in yards per carry. Mathews really found his legs late in the 2011 season, rushing for over 100 yards in three-straight games. 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’ 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 live and raise Ryan. Unfortunately, she ran out of options and ultimately settled on the backseat of a 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, Calif. 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, who had heavily recruited the young back. 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 Coach Hill. A classic downhill runner with a blend of power and speed, Mathews broke out as a junior at Fresno State, 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 for his mother’s sacrifices and his own misdeeds, Mathews applied for early entry to the 2010 NFL Draft. Ironically, one of his 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 him 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 have partnered with the Salvation Army and assist homeless women and children transition to independent living. Mathews serves as a spokesperson for the Chargers-Kaiser Permanente Bolts to the Q, a 5k run whose proceeds go toward the Salvation Army Door of Hope Chest.

Mathews is also working with Shock Doctor, a company that specializes in football protection products. Mathews serves as an ambassador and product development advisor.

In his free time, Mathews is a big video gamer. One of his favorite games is World of Warcraft. Last January, Mathews received an invitation to visit Blizzard Entertainment’s headquarters in Irvine, Calif. to tour the facilities and meet the game’s development team.

In addition to his passion for video games, Mathews enjoys spending time with his two dogs, Goose and Maverick, and watching Quentin Tarantino films. A freakishly talented wakeboarder, Mathews also likes to spend time on the water at the wheel of his MasterCraft ski boat.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: First-round pick (12), April 22, 2010...signed Aug. 2.

2012: Inactive Weeks 1-2 (collarbone)...first rushing touchdown of season (13 yards) and totaled 139 yards of total offense Oct. 7 at New Orleans...season-high 95 yards rushing Oct. 28 at Cleveland...moved past Mike Garrett and into 10th place on team’s all-time rushing yardage list Nov. 11 at Tampa Bay...passed Gary Anderson for ninth on team’s all-time rushing list Nov. 18 at Denver...injured collarbone Dec. 16 vs. Carolina and placed on “Reserve-Injured” list Dec. 18. 2011: Pro Bowl... Rodney Culver Memorial Award as Chargers’ Offensive Player of Year... caught 50 passes and combined with Mike Tobert for 104 catches, second-most by any running back tandem...season-high 73 yards receiving Week 1 vs. Minnesota...two rushing touchdowns Sept. 25 vs. Kansas City and Dec. 18 vs. Baltimore, tied for most in game at Qualcomm Stadium ...career-long 42-yard catch on 2nd-and-18 during third-quarter touchdown drive Oct. 2 vs. Miami...back-to-back games of identical 149 scrimmage yards in wins over Chiefs and Dolphins...career-high 137 yards rushing and career-long 39-yard carry Nov. 27 vs. Denver...third 100-yard game in three career outings vs. Broncos...31-yard touchdown run Dec. 5 at Jacksonville tied career-long scoring run...112 yards on 13 carries vs. Jags, averaging 8.6 yards per carry, highest in game with at least 10 rush attempts...37-yard run Dec. 11 vs. Buffalo marked third-straight game with run of 30 yards or longer... over 100 yards third-straight game vs. Bills, team’s longest streak since 2007...topped 1,000 yards for season in 34-14 win Dec. 18 vs. Ravens on NBC Sunday Night Football. 2010: Combined with Tolbert as first running back duo in franchise history with at least seven rushing touchdowns each...also franchise’s first rushing duo to each top 600 yards since 1993...injured ankle Sept. 19 vs. Jacksonville...inactive Sept. 26 at Seattle...first-career touchdown (15 yards) Oct. 3 vs. Arizona...season-best 120 yards and three touchdowns (27, 12 and season-long 31) in 33-28 win at Denver Jan. 2.

COLLEGE: Second-team Associated Press and Sports Illustrated All-America and first-team All-Western Athletic Conference in 2009...second-most career yards and carries (534) in school history...school-record 11 total and nine-straight 100-yard rush games in ’09...third (vs. Boise State ’09) and fourth (San Jose State ’09) best rushing games in school history...WAC Offensive Player of Week following ’09 Boise State, San Jose State and Utah State games...led nation’s freshman in ’07 with 14 touchdowns and 6.0 ypc avg... played at Fresno State from 2007-09...general studies major.

PERSONAL: Born in Riverside, Calif...led nation in rushing as senior at West High 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.

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