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Jamaal Charles considers running track if lockout lasts long


Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles says that if the NFL owners lock out the players for much longer, he’ll try to find a new source of income by running track professionally.

Charles told the Beaumont Enterprise that if the lockout drags on, he’d “just travel and run track.”

Although he couldn’t make nearly as much money running track as he can playing football, it is reasonable to think he could make some money doing it. He noted this week that he was an All-American track runner at Texas before turning his attention full-time to football.

“I won state in high school,” Charles said. “I went to a couple of Junior Olympics. My freshman year I was All-American in the 100 and the 200 and the 400 x 100 so I felt if I chose another sport it’d be track.”

If the lockout lasts long enough, Charles will choose that other sport.

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11 Responses to “Jamaal Charles considers running track if lockout lasts long”
  1. allinblindsevenduece says: Apr 2, 2011 9:58 AM

    I ran against this guy at MU. He is a fast SOB. Pulled up with 10m left and ran just over 10 flat.

  2. hawkeye6 says: Apr 2, 2011 10:16 AM

    He’s a speed talent, for sure. I like seeing players do things that they enjoy and just control what’s directly around them. Hopefully that translates over to the field for him, barring any catastrophic injury.

  3. citizenstrange says: Apr 2, 2011 10:29 AM

    Jamaal Charles is lucky he’s in the NFL.

    If the CFL ever goes on strike 99.999% of the players Plan B is Curling.

  4. buckybadger says: Apr 2, 2011 10:30 AM

    Another football player thinks he can just waltz into another profession and make money at it. Yes he was very good at this before and had he concentrated on Track he might be able to but when you join the NFL you condition your body to play in that league and that doesn’t usually carry over to a sport like Track.

  5. packa7x says: Apr 2, 2011 10:40 AM

    OMGZ!! What will these players do if there’s a lockout!!??!

    Oh…right…they’ll use their name, which was made because a) they are in the NFL and b) because they played well in college in the pursuit of an NFL career.


  6. fatguystrangler says: Apr 2, 2011 10:55 AM

    Give it hell, why not.

  7. oneshot386 says: Apr 2, 2011 11:03 AM

    Please stop calling Track a Sport…

  8. eja642 says: Apr 2, 2011 11:30 AM

    400 x 100? Is that also referred to as “the marathon relay”?

  9. thefiesty1 says: Apr 2, 2011 12:17 PM

    Just don’t pull a hammy! Why don’t you just work with your union* rep and get a deal done. Didn’t you run track at UT instead of spring football a couple of years? Maybe you should concentrate on football.

  10. dbellina says: Apr 2, 2011 1:24 PM

    I want to see him race Chris Johnson.

  11. denverhighrize says: Apr 2, 2011 2:32 PM

    Or he could go play soccer with Ocho.

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