The 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior has rushed 139 times this season for 914 yards. He's accumulated 1,261 all-purpose yards to lead the No. 3 Patriots to a 6-0 start. A veteran of the Patriots' 2008 state championship team, Chesson has been clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash and plans to run track in the spring to see if he can lower that time.
How did you get started playing football?
My dad got me started. When I was younger, I did karate. I was really into martial arts. I could do back flips. And one day, because I was also into motorcycles, he bribed me. He was like, "I'll buy you a motorcycle if you try football." I was six years old. I remember my first day going there he said, "As soon as you finish, I'll buy you a motorcycle," but I liked it a lot. I never wanted to come off the field.
Did he get you that motorcycle?
Yeah, he did (laughs).
Do you remember the first time you ever carried the ball?
Yes. I remember the first game. I got an end-around and I scored a touchdown — on my first carry. Ever since then, they knew that I was going to be a great running back someday.
What do you like so much about the position?
I like the aggression, the feeling when I'm running knowing that I can use my ability to shake and juke people and use my speed to burst down field for a touchdown. It's like motivation, because, once again, when I was younger my dad used to also bribe me. "OK, you score five touchdowns, I'll give you $10 a touchdown," so that gave me motivation.
Does he still pay $10 a touchdown?
He still does. My sister does it too now. That makes me play even harder.
At 20 touchdowns, you're up to $200 from Dad. Are you saving for something?
Now, for school. And I want to save up and buy a car.
What do you think is your best asset as a running back?
I have great vision. It got better this year, but I started realizing I've got great running back vision last year. Basically, I just read everything before everybody else does. It's a special gift that I have. I just read things in a quick second. It's almost like a feeling that I have. It's a feeling that a running back gets when he knows a hole is going to be there and now he's got to get in — perfect angle, perfect timing. It's a great feeling.
Are you good buddies with the offensive linemen?
Yes. Best friends. They're really cool. I look up to them a lot. I give them inspirational quotes all the time. Before a football game, I kind of make them laugh, make them feel good. They're playing a big part on this football team, because without those guys, there's no me. Those guys are helping me a lot, so I praise them up a lot. I tell them, "You block, I run and we score." We all come together when we play as one and we all win.