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Jamaal Charles: I Want To Be On That Stage At The Hall Of Fame


Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is already one of the best runners in the NFL but he has his eye on an even bigger accomplishment.

He wants to be one of the greatest ever.

Charles talked with the media following a recent training camp practice and made it clear he doesn’t have any interest in being average.

“I just don’t want to be an average running back,” said Charles. “I want to be a great running back. I look at Emmitt Smith, I look at Walter Payton and some of the greatest backs before me that did it. I don’t want to be one of the backs that people say ‘he could have done this, he could have been that.’ I want to be on that stage at the Hall of Fame. So that’s still my goal, to keep pushing and to be the greatest running back ever.”

If he can stay healthy, Charles may well have a chance to reach his goal. He has never averaged less than 5.3 yards per-carry in a season in and 2010, he rushed for a historically good 6.4 yards per rushing attempt.

It is expected that Charles will be even more dangerous as an all-purpose back in Andy Reid’s offense. At only 26 years-old, Charles likely has enough left in the tank to make a run at greatness.

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  • KCMikeG

    JC has a NFL record 5.8 yards per carry for his career. Don’t worry Jamaal things will only get better from here on out. If Reid can put a ring on it for you there will be a spot in Canton for you too.

    • Thomas Sparks

      I agree Mike! It amazes me how pundits from outside the Chiefs realm seem to forget just HOW GREAT of a back he is? The future for JC looks very bright with Clark Hunts new hires, after the house cleaning.
      He is absolutely capable of all-time greatness! I would be so elated for Jamaal, if he keeps it up and, as you put it, acquires a RING from the Reid Era! He is really such a humble guy for being so damn good!

      • KCMikeG

        IMO Charles will reach 2,300 total yards this year – 1500 yards rushing (avg 95 per game) and 800 yards receiving (50 yards per game). This is right on track rushing wise when he OL injuries plus no passing game threat at all. This would be 568 more receiving than last year and while that seems like a lot Reid’s WCO will give him the opportunities. McCoy had almost 600 yards last year, Westbrook had 771 in 2007 and around 700 in 2004 & in 2006. Byars was over 700 in 1988 & 89 and had 819 yards in 1990.

  • Danny W

    Hopefully he can stay healthy and shifty avoid the big hits and run for the big ones.

  • RepOurChiefs

    I have total faith in this you man. Class act and he deserves all that rains upon him. #youhaventseennothingyet

  • Calchiefsfan

    Nearly a 6 ypc average is unbelievable. If he continues at that pace a couple more years along with a couple more Pro Bowls and he should get in.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    He’s going to have a tough time getting in. He’s not a very prolific scorer. If he has, say, 11,000-12,000 career rushing yards and can maintain a yards per carry average of 5.0+, he might have a shot. A ring or two would help.

    • Jim Harper

      Under this new offense he may very well become a prolific scorer. Reid is going to get real creative at putting the ball in his hands. And I think it is awesome to have a player setting his goals that high. Go Jamaal & go Chiefs!

    • KCMikeG

      The ring seals the deal!

  • Pealvin

    I love you JC but, lets get some wins first. That stuff normally takes care of itself. Go chiefs!

  • Lyle Graversen

    I think for Jamaal it’s about staying healthy and how long he can stay explosive. A lot of running backs hit the wall after a few years as a feature back. If Charles can stay just as explosive for another 5-6 years and stays healthy. I think he could have a shot.

    • KCMikeG

      Staying healthy is always the key. I was very impressed how Charles came back from the ACL. I think McCluster and Davis will share some of the load which will extend his career.

  • Lyle Graversen

    Just for comparison, the last three RBs to go into the HOF:

    Marshall Faulk – 12,279 yards rushing, 6,875 yards receiving, 136 TDs

    Curtis Martin – 14,101 yards rushing, 3,329 yards receiving, 100 TDs

    Emmitt Smith – 18,355 yards rushing, 3,224 yards receiving, 175 TDs

    Jamaal Charles – 4,536 yards rushing, 1,282 yards receiving, 24 TDs

    Let’s just say he’s got some work to do.

    • KCMikeG

      Those are some incredible numbers. His advantage is the pace, 5.8 gets him there faster than most and Reid will pump up the receiving yards. IMO he could surpass ES & CM in receiving yards in 3 seasons.

  • Daniel Mayfield

    If he hits another wall like Priest did, getting injured twice, then it’s gonna be hard for him to recover. If he stays healthy, and gets his hand on the ball enough, I can surely see it happening.