The bolo tie that Philip Rivers has been rocking over the past several weeks has become a symbol of success for the 2013 San Diego Chargers. Rivers first wore the tie after his team’s Week 15 win over the Broncos in Denver. On Sunday, he was rocking a new bolo after beating the Cincinnati Bengals in the playoffs. That one was given to him by a fan.
Ted Williams (not that one), a 76-year-old Chargers fan, made his own bolo tie over a decade ago. With Rivers having made the fashion trend so popular over the past month or so, Williams decided to drop by Chargers Park and leave the tie at the front desk as a gift for Rivers. He thought there was a slim chance Rivers would actually get it.
“I made it myself about 10 or 15 years ago,” Williams told the Chargers’ official website. “I saw that he had bolo ties on when they beat the Chiefs and beat the Broncos, so I figured he liked them. I thought he might like that one. It was always too big for me but he is a bigger guy so I thought it might fit him!
“I thought it was great (that he wore it)! The guy that went down there with me is an ex-cop from LA, and he called me up when I was doing yard work and said it was on TV. I asked ‘What’s on TV?’ and he said ‘Your bolo tie!’ So I went running in and rewound it because it was halftime of the 49ers game, so I saw it and it tickled the heck out of me. I liked it a lot.”
Rivers was asked about the tie on Monday, and he told reporters that he wore it to honor a fan who had given it to him as a gift. The bolo tie movement has become incredibly popular among Chargers fans, so kudos to Rivers for wearing one that a fan gave him. And kudos to this Pixar animator for doing this (via Lobshots):
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