The Kansas City Chiefs kickoff the regular season against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. KC Kingdom has been providing you with player profiles for months now and today’s featured player is studly running back Jamaal Charles.
Charles is without a doubt the Chiefs’ best player and a fan favorite here in Kansas City. He’s earned that right also, churning out play after play over the last few years.
How did Jamaal Charles become a Kansas City Chief?
Jamaal had an impressive few seasons with the Texas Longhorns while in college. His final season with Texas saw him rushing for over 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns. Overall he had 3,328 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns (three of those were receiving touchdowns).
Charles was drafted in the third round (73rd overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs. Jamaal didn’t start right away for the Chiefs because Larry Johnson was still the starter in Kansas City. After Johnson was let go, Charles took over the duties and the Chiefs never looked back.
It was a beautiful year for Jamaal Charles in 2013. He had a career high 12 rushing touchdowns and seven receiving touchdowns. Charles also rushed for 1,287 yards. Charles wasn’t just the leading rusher for Kansas City, but also the leading receiver.
The most memorable Jamaal Charles moment from last season was when he had an astonishing five touchdowns against the Raiders in Oakland. It was quite the performance and one that Chiefs fans won’t forget.
It’s safe to say that Jamaal Charles is the best player the Chiefs have. When he was seeking a new extension early on in training camp, the team granted him his wish almost instantly despite Alex Smith and Justin Houston also seeking extensions (Smith has since received a new deal).
Charles was named the eighth best player on the Top 100 NFL Players, which is voted on by fellow NFL players. Charles was also voted to his third Pro Bowl and also was a team captain on Jerry Rice‘s team along with J.J. Watt.
While Charles didn’t play much during the preseason, fans aren’t worried at all about his potential for the 2014 season. Charles will be a vital part of this Chiefs offense as always and Kansas City can’t wait to see him lead this offense once again.
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