It Hurts So Good; Jamaal Charles Disagrees
No Pain, No Gain.
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles broke the all-time Chiefs rushing record on Sunday, but it was definitely a tough ride. San Diego’s Brandon Flowers leveled Charles on the RB record-breaking touchdown run in the second quarter. Flowers hit Charles so hard, the Chargers safety knocked himself out. We wonder, if a running back falls in the end zone and can’t remember his name, does the touchdown count? The Kansas City Star described the milestone, “It was a trademark Charles run, one [that] showed off his speed, vision and, surprising power. The run tied the game at 7-7 and catapulted Charles past Priest Holmes. Charles said,”That was as good of a play as I’m going to get.”
Charles finished with 95 yards on 22 carries. His 6,113 career rushing yards are 43 more than Holmes. The number two running back in Chiefs history finished with 6,070 career yards.
In the Future
The seventh-year pro told the Star that he’s excited about the remainder of his career. If Charles can keep up his pace, the Hall of Fame is within reach. Charles ranks 77th all-time in career rushing yards. Over 70 percent of the backs who exceeded the 11,000-yard barrier have made the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The 11,000-yard plateau could be difficult for Charles. Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid and OC Doug Pederson use multiple running backs in their offense. Charles could be elected to the Hall of Fame with a few more seasons like 2013 when he led the AFC in rushing with 1,287 yards.