A couple of weeks ago the “is he or isn’t he a Hall of Famer” debate regarding Jamaal Charles began because of a 58 second TMZ clip. What isn’t in dispute is that the Chiefs all-time leading rusher, and the NFL’s career leader in yards per carry, was one of the most electric players you’ll ever see with a football in his hand.
As is fitting for a player of Charles impact in Kansas City and his enduring popularity with the fans, he signed a 1-day contract with the Chiefs yesterday so he could retire with the team that selected him in the 3rd round of the 2008 NFL draft.
The Chiefs, participating in OTAs this week, invited Charles to the practice field to take one last carry.
Even in loafers and a suit he still looks ready to take it to the house.
Of course the image of Patrick Mahomes handing the ball to Jamaal Charles fills Chiefs fans with pangs of “if only.” For Charles, he spent most of career in Kansas City on bad teams with even worse quarterbacks.
In 2010, the only time Charles won a division title, he rushed for 1,467 at an incredible 6.4 yards per carry, and Matt Cassel was the Kansas City quarterback. Two years later he rushed for 1,509 yards for the 2-14 Chiefs that gave eight quarterback starts to Brady Quinn.
If only Charles could have played with Patrick Mahomes. If only Charles could have played behind the offensive line that helped Priest Holmes set NFL records. If only Charles could have stayed healthy there would be no debate about his Hall of Fame worthiness.
Such a talent on the field. An incredible gentleman off it. Jamaal Charles, once and forever a Chief. You will be missed.