Jamaal RaShaad Jones Charles was born in Port Arthur, Texas on December 27, 1986. A running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, he holds the current NFL career record for yards per carry and was selected as a first team All-Pro by the Associated Press in 2010 and 2013.
Charles began playing football at Memorial High School in Port Arthur, where the Texas Sports Writers Association named him first team All-State in his junior year, as he helped the team to reach the 5A Division II quarter finals. As a senior, the Associated Press also named him first team All-State. Throughout his high school years, Charles was twice the winner of the Willie Ray Smith Award and was named as a Parade All-American in 2005.
For college, Charles opted to attend the University of Texas, where he competed in both football and track. As a true freshman, he contributed towards the Texas Longhorns winning the National Championship, but endured a difficult sophomore year, which eventually resulted in him withdrawing from track competition to focus entirely on football. In 2007, he improved dramatically, rushing for a total of 1,400 yards and averaging over six yards per carry. He was subsequently named first team All-Big 12.
In 2008, Charles decided to enter the NFL Draft and was eventually chosen in the third round, as the 73rd overall pick, by the Kansas City Chiefs. During his rookie season, he served as backup to Larry Johnson. Although he only rushed for 357 yards over the season, he did manage an average of 5.3 yards per carry, which impressed many observers. Midway through the 2009 season, Larry Johnson was released by the Chiefs and Charles became a starter for the team.
The 2010 season marked a major breakthrough season for Charles, as he was named in the Associated Press' All-Pro team and was selected for the first Pro Bowl of his career. After an injury-hit 2011 season, Charles impressed again in 2012, being named to the Pro Bowl for the second time and breaking the average yards per carry record previously set by Jim Brown. In 2013, he was the American Football Conference's rushing leader, was named in the All-Pro team for the second time and was chosen for his third Pro Bowl.
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