Ryan Mathews selects jersey number for camp

Ryan Mathews selects jersey number for camp
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- San Diego Chargers first-round pick Ryan Mathews, a Bakersfield native, will wear jersey No. 33 when camp opens.

Mathews selected the number after learning every number in the 20s was already assigned to veteran players. Mathews, who wore No. 21 during his time at West High School and Fresno State University, says he will not wear that number, which was previously worn by his idol and predecessor LaDainian Tomlinson.

Mathews can choose to change his number before mini camp in late May, or even negotiate a deal with one of the veterans to buy their number.