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Jamaal Charles Addresses AFC Honor, Having Fun While Winning


Jamaal Charles is one of the best players in football, and after his stellar Week 15 performance, the Kansas City Chiefs’ running back was awarded the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award.

Chiefs’ players have received player of the week awards before (Search: Justin Houston), but perhaps none have been so deserving. Charles absolutely tore up the Oakland Raiders this past weekend, scoring five touchdowns—four through the air—on his way to 215 all-purpose yards.

Kansas City beat Oakland 56-31.

The Chiefs’ running back met with the media today and discussed the honor, saying, “I mean it’s just another award that I’m happy to get, but I know they’re (his teammates) happy for me because they know I bust my tail in practice every week and I go out there and play so hard for my teammates.”

The Chiefs, off the strength of Charles’ performance this season, and with the help of a great defense and special teams, have now clinched a playoff spot and find themselves at 11-3 on the season. Kansas City is guaranteed to make the playoffs, but even the AFC West title is still on the line.

Charles also discussed his mindset out there on the field. It’s not a single play that makes him happy, but winning in general.

“The most fun is winning,” he said. “That puts a smile on everybody’s face and going out there and playing your hardest for your teammates.”

“Also not going out there without a purpose, but going out there with a purpose of making not just me happy but my family happy and the fans happy and the organization happy,” Kansas City’s running back explained. “I feel like we’re giving back to a winning system and I love winning. That has been a part of my whole career from when I was little growing up all the way to now. I’m just happy to be winning and I’m glad for this community too.”

With an attitude like that, it’s no wonder that Charles is such a star in this community, and an obvious fan favorite.

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  • Angel

    True, I’m a die hard Raiders fan and after every score I saw Charles return to the bench without a bragging look on his face. He was sittin there like as if he were on a mission. Imagine if Terrell Owens had a game like he did…. And to top it off I had him on my fantasy and he helped me SMASH this dude in the playoffs. Haha.

    • BWrangler

      Just have to give you kudos for being a Raiders fan and having something positive to say on a Chiefs website. Chiefs fans are proud of JC and will fight to see him retire in KC. (And I rarely capitalize “raiders” just out of spite.)

  • sidibeke

    Love the talk of playing hard for your teammates. That’s the attitude we’re looking for.

  • Mark Bustamante

    JC is a CLASS ACT! Love watching him run and catch the rock. He is a special talent. CAN YOU SAY MVP!!!!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    He needs just 164 more yards and 2 more TD’s for a 2,000-yard from scrimmage/20 TD season.

  • PunjabiPete

    *sniff* we love you too, Jamaal… maybe a little too much. Am I the only one who wanted to find a Raider fan and poop in his yard after seeing them throw water on Charles and flip him off at the game?

  • mnelson52

    I like JC and he is a team player without all the hoopla that a lot of good players would demand. He is a modest player. I was a little surprised though that he didn’t mention how good the blocking was out in front of him that allowed him to get all those yards.