Alex Smith Rings in the Holidays with Gifts for the Chiefs' Offensive Linemen

Each of Kansas City’s offensive linemen found gifts in their lockers on Wednesday morning courtesy of their quarterback

Christmas is right around the corner, and Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback Alex Smith made sure that his entire offensive line was taken care of this holiday season.

In what's become a December tradition, Smith placed gifts in each lineman's locker on Wednesday morning as a way of thanking them for their efforts protecting him all season long.

This season's gift was twofold, consisting of a YETI cooler and a Gucci bag.

"I try to take care of those guys by mixing it up every year and doing some different stuff," Smith said. "It's hard to shop for that many guys who all have different tastes and things like that, but hopefully they'll enjoy it."

Differing tastes and all, opinions on the favorite between the two gifts were split.  

"Oh, the bag," said offensive lineman Zach Fulton without hesitation. "But the cooler is nice too, I'll use it for something."

Fellow lineman Bryan Witzmann represented another point of view.

"I like the cooler because I'm more of an outdoorsy guy," Witzmann said. "I'll flaunt the Gucci bag though."

The cooler is an ideal gift for an outdoorsman such as Witzmann, as its famous for surviving even the toughest of conditions.

Bears, for example. 

Regardless of their varying personalities, the tradition is something that the linemen look forward to every season.

"It's awesome," Fulton said. "He does something for us every year and we're always appreciative of whatever he gives us. We just try to return the favor by protecting him."

And they've done just that, helping Smith put together the best season of his career.

Smith has already set career highs in passing yards (3,738) and touchdowns (25) all the while leading the NFL in passer rating (105.4).

Without the blocking up front, none of that would be possible.

"They're always an underappreciated group on offense and those guys work really hard and take a lot of pride in what they do," Smith said. "They're a tight-knit group, so it's just a small way to show my appreciation this time of year."

That appreciation didn't go unnoticed.

"It's great we keep talking about the big bombs down the field and stuff, but it's nice when your quarterback acknowledges that it starts with good protection," said lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. "I think we're back on track with the running game the past two weeks, too, so it's good to have both Alex and Kareem (Hunt) giving us a little bit of credit for that."

Which begs the question, will Hunt be getting the linemen gifts as well?

"You know, I may get them something nice," the rookie tailback said. "But I'm still on that rookie contract."

There's another gift waiting for the entire roster if Kansas City can take care of business this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, as a win would wrap up a second-straight division title.

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