SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Matt Corral had to go shopping for a blanket and pillow when he arrived for training camp on Tuesday to make his Wofford dormitory room livable.
Running back Christian McCaffrey arrived with enough supplies to make his room almost palatial, or as he called it, the "bougiest room on the team.''
"I've got a lot of stuff in my room, I'll be honest with you,'' McCaffrey said with a smile. "Definitely a bougie room.
"But I like to come back to my room and [be] comfortable. It looks like half of a training room and half of a Four Seasons room.''
Yes, McCaffrey used the term "bougie.'' The word stems from bourgeoisie, a French word that means of "middle class status.'' The word might also mean "wax candle,'' and apparently McCaffrey brought plenty of those.
"I mean, he's got all the candles ... he's got as many blankets as you could ever dream of,'' quarterback Sam Darnold said when describing McCaffrey's room. "Which I love, you know. It's great to be able to have those things and do it that way.
"But, you know, being here for a couple of weeks I figured maybe one candle would be good. I might go to Target and get a candle. That's a good idea. He's got a lot of stuff for recovery in there too. So yeah, he's got it made."
The comfort for McCaffrey starts with a rug "to make sure I step on a comfortable rug in the morning.''
Corral hasn't reached that level yet.
"I wasn't aware of what we were getting supplied with," Corral said. "I came empty-handed. I had to do a Target trip, but we got it situated. I had to get a blanket and a pillow. It was just a little sheet in the room with a little blanket and cold in there.''
McCaffrey having the most dressed-up room entering his sixth year in the NFL shouldn't come as any surprise. In 2020, after becoming the league's highest-paid back with an average salary of $16 million a year, he and girlfriend Olivia Culpo moved into an 11,000-square-foot, six-bedroom, 7.5-bathroom house valued at $7.5 million.
The home, nicknamed Grand Lac Chateau, has been described as a French-style castle on Lake Norman just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. It was inspired by the original owners' travels in the French countryside. McCaffrey's dorm room might be more like a walk-in closet at home.
He insists his dorm room isn't larger than those of his teammates, many who like Corral had to make Target trips for supplies after arriving on campus. But his room definitely wins the award for best dressed.
"My room looks nice,'' McCaffrey said with a smile. "It's not bigger than the other rooms, but a lot of effort goes into making it comfortable.''