Typically speaking, Jamaal Charles is the one doing the roasting. On Saturday, the Kansas City Chiefs running back watched as the tables were turned. Over the weekend, Charles was back home in Port Arthur, Texas to host his annual football camp for children, but this trip was even more special.
Charles was given the honor of having June 13, 2015 as Jamaal Charles day in his hometown, according to Vahe Gregorian of the Kansas City Star. Charles then was presented with a bronze bust of himself, which will go into the Museum of the Golf Coast. However, the real fun was coming later that night.
The roast drew a star-studded group including Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, Travis Kelce, Jeremy Maclin, Anthony Sherman, Dontari Poe, Ron Parker, Phillip Gaines and Sean Smith, among others including broadcaster Mitch Holthus. Outside the Kansas City circle were Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and former University of Texas quarterback, and Charles’ college teammate, Vince Young.
A few of the best jokes:
"“Looks like (Reid) has got his whole team here,” Phillips observed. “Now, I don’t know (the rules about) having extra practices somewhere else. (But) I’m not saying he’s trying to bend the rules or anything like that.”"
Young talking about Charles before he starred at Texas:
"“All you’ve got to do is just run, dude,” said Young, later shaking his head and adding, “What he always did was go the wrong way on plays, but at the same time he finished in the end zone.”"
Charles firing back, speaking on the game-winning touchdown in the 2006 Rose Bowl:
"“The only reason you scored … was because you were keying on me on that play,” Charles said. “And I was on the sideline.”"
After Reid accused him of wearing Michael Jackson’s suit:
"“When we win the Super Bowl this year, who’s going to put you on their shoulders and carry you?” (In the audience, tight end Travis Kelce piped up, “I’ve got you, Coach.”)"
Finally, Reid brought the whole night back to reality.
"“The next time we get together as a group like this,” he said, “it will probably be at a dinner in Canton, Ohio. I love this guy.”"
I encourage all of you to read Gregorian’s story in full. He did a great job with it.