Jamaal Charles strongly believes that he has earned his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Jamaal Charles was as dangerous as any player in the history of the NFL when he had the football in his hands as evidenced by his 5.4 rushing yards per attempt. Charles places 4th all-time, second amongst running backs, ahead of both Jim Brown and Gayle Sayers. Very impressive.
Charles also passed the eye test for anyone who watched him play during his 11 injury-plagued NFL seasons. His open-field cuts were explosive, and once Charles got past the defense, no defensive back was not going to catch the former track star. In 2012 alone Charles had three touchdowns from 80 yards or more, capped by a 91-yard run against New Orleans in one of the two lone Chief victories. Chiefs fans didn’t have much reason to watch the team other than Charles.
But Charles’s career was cut short by two ACL injuries. The first one happened only two games into his 4th season in Kansas City. The second and move devastating knee injury occurred in 2015. Charles played in only 19 more games bouncing from Kansas City to Denver and Jacksonville.
“I just couldn’t get right. I think I rushed it. I felt like I was getting pressure from the coaches and the organization to get out on the field,” Charles told FanSided.
Despite the disappointing early ending to his career, Charles maintains he belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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“I’ve got the yards per carry,” Charles said. “I was the only one who rushed for 1000 yards under 200 carries. My stats speak for themselves. I just wasn’t able to stay healthy.”
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