Picture an NFL offensive lineman standing in front of a Big Green Egg grill in customized cowboy boots, wearing a onesie and a limited Hublot watch while drinking a glass of Johnnie Walker Blue and listening to his favorite music on Bose headphones.
Now you have some idea of the types of gifts extended to the grunts up front by appreciative teammates during this holiday season.
Here’s a quick look at how NFL players show their gratitude:
Joe Flacco always has taken care of his linemen. In the past, he has given them a variety of gifts, including expensive watches and gift cards. Last year, he gave his linemen a virtual-reality system.
This season, he rewarded a unit that overcame numerous injuries yet still provided quality protection by appealing to their healthy appetites.
The Bucs’ offensive line put a new twist on its holiday gift routine this year. Instead of exchanging presents with one another, the linemen put their money together to create special bonuses for a few staff members at their facility in appreciation of their efforts.
Le’Veon Bell is all about pacing and timing with his deliberate style of running, and he made sure his OL knew what time it was when the linemen opened their gifts.
— ESPN (@espn) December 23, 2017
Carson Wentz went from shotguns to something a little more subtle this year.
Last year, Carson Wentz got his offensive line shotguns. This year, he went with boots made out of “genuine Bison leather.”
“Merry Christmas, Big Boys!” read a letter from Wentz at their locker stalls. “Love y’all!”
Jacoby Brissett really got in the holiday spirit with a sartorial statement.
The #Colts offensive line was thrilled to receive a cozy “onesie” among their Christmas gifts from QB Jacoby Brissett. My question to @JoeHaeg59 – how do you find a onesie of that size, let alone 10 of them? Brissett bought himself one and they all sported them after practice. pic.twitter.com/AMKErPa7zT
— Larra Overton (@LarraOverton) December 21, 2017
Russell Wilson probably didn’t have to fork over too much money when he gave his offensive linemen a gift from one of the companies he endorses.
Russell Wilson’s present to each of the Seahawks’ offensive linemen: a Bose SoundTouch 300 soundbar. Wilson has an endorsement deal with the electronics company.
Not all of the gifts were for the offensive linemen. Titans cornerback Logan Ryan took care of his fellow DBs.
Logan Ryan got all his DBs a customized portable game system TV/monitor/carrier for Christmas. They loved it. Here’s Brice McCain’s gift.
And suddenly the offensive line knows all their offseason plans between Goff’s gift of Yeti bags and coolers and Gurley’s gift of XBox.
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) December 22, 2017
The Cardinals’ offensive linemen lucked out with three quarterbacks expressing their appreciation.
The Cardinals’ offensive line got lucky this year. They received gifts from three quarterbacks for the holidays, including cowboy boots, a watch and a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue.
A.J. Green‘s high-flying game was reflected in his gift as he bought his fellow receivers drones.
Jimmy Garoppolo is relatively new to the 49ers, but he’s smart enough to understand the importance of keeping his linemen happy.
49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo hasn’t been here long but he still took care of his offensive linemen for Christmas this year. Garoppolo gave each lineman a pair of Bose headphones and a Bose speaker.
— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) December 29, 2017