Jamaal Charles 20th On NFLN’s Top 100 List

Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

On Thursday night, Kansas City Chiefs runningback Jamaal Charles was revealed as the 20th-ranked player on NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2013″ list. He joins four of his teammates who were also honored: Justin Houston (#49), Derrick Johnson (#59), Dwayne Bowe (#65), and Brandon Flowers (#75). This is quite the distinction for a player who missed fourteen games in 2011 due to a season-ending ACL injury.

Charles rebounded in 2012, finishing the season as the NFL’s 4th-leading rusher (1,509 rushing yards). He became one of only three players (joining Barry Sanders and Chris Johnson) to have three runs of 80 yards or more in a single season. Charles also had the third-highest yards per carry average of any back in the NFL with at least 250 carries (5.3).

Five players on NFLN’s Top 100 list is an impressive haul, but underlines the tragedy of one of the worst seasons in franchise history. The Chiefs are undeniably talented (they sent six to Honolulu for the Pro Bowl), but were handicapped by some of the worst coaching and quarterback play in recent memory. The new-look Chiefs have a new front office, coaching staff, and quarterback, but they’ll need another special performance from Jamaal Charles to be competitive in the AFC West and in the conference.

The Kingdom is clamoring for more than individual honors but raise your glasses for now, Addicts! These honors suggest the franchise has a real foundation to continue to build upon.

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  • berttheclock

    Hasn’t he just been listed at Number 5 on the Fantasy League list?

  • Tony Parker

    Thats great, really surprised that DJ wasnt ranked higher than Houston though. i mean cmon, this guy delivers everygame and is an anchor to this D.

  • Tony Parker

    next year Bishop will be ranked in the top 30 for the Chiefs…….

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Do you have some information about that situation that I don’t? If so, do tell!

  • calciomoti

    Too low if you ask me, he means more to his team and the NFL than this.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Considering the number of elite quarterbacks in the league (who are all more importan by virtue of their position), I don’t have much issue with where he’s ranked.

      • calciomoti

        I’ll agree with that Stacy, I think its just that Ray is 13th is what gets me…what would Charles be if the Chiefs made the playoffs?

        • Stacy D. Smith

          That championship sure helps.

  • Priest4Prez

    I love this players only list, you get a peek into the respect (or lack of) these players have for each other. To have 5 players on the list says that this team has more talent than we know. I remember Manning saying last year; “…this Chiefs team is more difficult to play and better than people give them credit for…” Now when I first heard that I told Manning to shove it, but this lends a point to that. Can’t help but think we’re set up for something better this year. Go Chiefs

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Tamba should’ve been on this list!

  • RepOurChiefs

    Im still asking where is Tamba????!! SMH

    • Priest4Prez

      I think Aldon Smith and Suggs took his spot. He was on the list last year I believe

      • RepOurChiefs

        Ah,i see but just seems odd seeing houston make the list and not the sack bag em tag em monster. LOL

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