Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles announced his retirement on Wednesday. The 32-year-old signed a one-day contract with the Chiefs in order to retire as a member of his former team.
Since 2016, Charles has alternated through a few different teams. Ultimately, the running back wanted to end his career where it started.
We have signed Jamaal Charles to a one-day contract. The 4x Pro Bowler will retire as a Chief.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) May 1, 2019
Jamaal Charles’ Career
The Chiefs legend was selected by Kansas City in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He then spent nine years with the team. In Charles’ time with the Chiefs, he racked up 7,260 rushing yards, a franchise record. In addition, he rushed for 43 touchdowns and set the NFL record for yards per attempt with 5.5. Charles also proved himself as a threat in the receiving game while with the Chiefs. He caught 285 passes for a total of 2,457 yards and 20 touchdowns.
In his nine-year run with Kansas City, Charles was selected to the Pro-Bowl four time as well as earned First Team All-Pro honors twice. The All-Pro’s speed and agility made him a valuable asset for the Chiefs and showed that he was a play-maker from the start.
In 2015, Charles suffered a torn ACL and was never quite the same afterwards. The Pro-Bowler was later released by the Chiefs in 2017. Since then, Charles played for the Denver Broncos in 2017 and the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018. He only collected a total of 303 rushing yards on 75 carries combined.
With the majority of his successes coming from his time with the Chiefs, it is only right for him to retire with the team that drafted him.
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