Oct 4, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 36-21. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jamaal Charles: Is the Hall Calling?
Some fans are wondering if Jamaal Charles could make it into Canton if he is unable to come back from his current knee injury based upon his current body of work.
Since Jamaal Charles has the best yards per carry average in the history of the modern NFL among running backs the question remains is that enough to get him over the hump and into the Hall?
Some will say that JC hasn’t won anything during his time in the league and that would hold him back. No MVP of the league award. No Lombardi trophy much less a Lamar Hunt trophy. In fact JC a has only played in 2 playoff games total. Both losses.
In Charles first year he gained 357 yards as a backup to Larry Johnson. This year, he has 364 before going down to an injury and had only 83 yards at the beginning of the 2011 season before missing the rest of that season. Beyond that, JC has had 5 seasons of 1,000 yards rushing or more and been to the Pro Bowl four times (two of those were first team selections).
Jamaal Charles total yards for this career stands at 7,220. That’s an important number because I believe JC will have to rush for at least 10,000 yards in his career to make the Hall of Fame. If he’s able to climb the rehab mountain… again… it will take three years rushing for 927 yards per year or a couple of seasons at a 1,390 yards per year pace to reach that goal.
Of course, if JC wins the league MVP or a Super Bowl MVP sometime in the next few seasons… it should be a cakewalk.
After all, who doesn’t want to have the running back with the most yards per carry in history in the NFL Hall of Fame?
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