Jamaal Charles wants to play six more years

AP

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is coming off a season in which he played through nagging injuries all year. But at age 28, he doesn’t think his body is breaking down.

In fact, Charles thinks he’s going to keep playing through 2020, defying age and going far beyond what most running backs are able to achieve.

“I want to play another six years,” Charles said. “I’m seeing guys at 37 or 38 still playing football in the trenches and that’s somewhere where you don’t want to play. So I just want to change the game with the running backs. I want this to last longer and then when I retire, I’ll be happy with where I end my career at.”

If Charles does play six more seasons, he would play his last NFL game at age 34, an age at which few running backs are productive: The last time a running back at 34 or older managed a 1,000-yard season was in 1984, when John Riggins did it. But Charles thinks it will become more common in the future.

“Football is changing, sports are just changing,” Charles said. “You can see basketball, like Kobe Bryant, he is still playing at 36. You see Tim Duncan. I think back in the days you couldn’t play for long because there were a lot of people that didn’t know the fundamentals of hitting, running people over. That’s not my form.”

The good news for Charles is that, as the NFL’s all-time leading running back at 5.5 yards a carry, even if he slows down a step, he could still be a productive player. It’s not realistic to think Charles will still be playing at 34 the way he has played in his 20s, but it might be realistic to think he could still play well enough to have a spot on an NFL roster.

62 responses to “Jamaal Charles wants to play six more years

  1. He should play as long as he can get paid. That boy is as dumb as a box of rocks. He has no chance of a second career doing anything else.

  2. “You can see basketball, like Kobe Bryant, he is still playing at 36.”

    A) This isn’t basketball. So the comparison in invalid to begin with.

    B) Picking somebody who has had major, season ending injuries each of the last 3 seasons and has barely played the last few years is probably not the best example to highlight….

  3. This guy is a STUD!!!!! Sad thing is his name is never mentioned when the topic of GREAT running backs is brought up. Keep up the hard work #25!!!!

  4. primenumber19 says:
    May 30, 2015 3:50 PM
    Wait, didn’t Curtis Martin do it?

    ———————————-

    No quite. He did beat the odds and rush for a career best 1600 yards at age 31, but fell off a cliff the next year and retired at 32.

    It’s worth noting that he also was a very different style of runner who did not rely on athleticism and quickness as much as Charles does.

  5. Charles is the best RB in the game. PERIOD.
    He absolutely has 6 more quality years left in him, and will be a lock for the HOF.
    Plus, he will have at least 3 Super Bowl titles under his belt by then with this dynasty team ready to dominate the league beginning this season.
    Top quality guy, who plays for the top quality team in the league, with the best fans.

    PLUS, he is a true good guy, and doesn’t beat little kids.

  6. Jamaal Charles will have a MVP season coming up!!!!!
    The Kansas City Chiefs will retake the AFC West this year, and OWN it for the next decade.
    Andy Reid has assembled a dynasty team that will win multiple titles over the next several years.
    The Kansas City Chiefs are the new America’s Team. The league’s model franchise. Every other team will try to emulate “The Chiefs Way”.
    Chiefs Nation will grow by the millions as bandwagoners want to become a part of the premier fanbase.

    The dominant KC defense will break Manning this year, and send him off into retirement.

    Jamaal Charles will be a 1st ballot HOF

  7. Charles could have just mentioned that in 7 NFL seasons, he has only ~1250 rushing attempts. As a comparison, Adrian Peterson had more than 2,000 attempts in his first 7 seasons while Shady’s close to 1500 in 6 seasons. Charles is lucky that his offenses did not run him a lot but the quickness & cutting element to his game is something to keep an eye on.

  8. garyridgway says:
    May 30, 2015 3:51 PM
    He should play as long as he can get paid. That boy is as dumb as a box of rocks. He has no chance of a second career doing anything else.

    I personally admire someone who works through their learning disabilities. No reason to be rude toward the young man

  9. One of my favorite players to watch. He’s just so fluid. Does everything well, really. Hope he can stay healthy.

  10. I live Jamal, but the tread on his tires is wearing really thin. Pus he fumbles a lot because his shoulder tends to pop in and out of joint.

    Love the guy, but don’t see too many more years of shelf life on him. He will make the Chiefs “Ring of Honor” – because it doesn’t take a whole lot to make it. The Chiefs quite simply haven’t won a playoff game since 1994. That’s pathetic, and it hurts as a lifelong die-hard Chiefs fan. I could not believe the Royals went to the World Series before the Chiefs even won a play-off game since 1994.

  11. Regardless of whether he actually accomplishes it, ya gotta love his attitude. Combine the fact that he is an elusive runner as opposed to a bludgeon with a Jerry Rice style work ethic as he ages and he may well get there.

  12. Charles truly does not get the credit he deserves. The most overlooked RB in football. Last 2 years the media loses their minds for Lynch, AP, Murray, McCoy, even Eddie Lacy. Rarely does Charles come up & I would take him over any of the others. He’s a helluva RB that does it all.

  13. Kobe is a self centered narcissistic fool who was hurt most of last season. That’s a better comparison for AP.

  14. He may want to play another six years, just like I want to win the MegaMillions or Powerball lottery. Neither is likely to happen.

  15. Favorite player ever. Just an absolute gift and a privilege to watch him. Great personality too, with the perfect mix of humility and confidence.

  16. It’s entirely possible if he’s willing to accept less money, accept a lesser role, and play special teams.

  17. “Charles truly does not get the credit he deserves.”

    Welcome to playing in the heartland country. If he was east or west coast, he would be a bonafide SUPAH STAR.

  18. Kobe Bryant is totally washed up with his 36% shooting. Guys play off him begging him to shoot. That’s not a great example buddy

  19. axx1
    May 30, 2015, 1:11 PM PDT
    Mr. Charles, you are not the sharpest tool in the shed

    Right, but he is the Best Running Back in the league.

  20. Oh my god he’s stupid for wanting to play for 6 more years? Okay. Maybe whoever says so should look in the mirror sometime.

  21. Oh my god he’s stupid for wanting to play for 6 more years? Okay. Maybe whoever says so should look in the mirror sometime.

  22. Best of all, he doesn’t rely on deflated footballs to excel.

    Excel? If the Chiefs could accomplish something and get some national games, more people would know who this guy is. That’s the only reason he’s not mentioned regularly with the top backs.

    Win = nationally televised games = name recognition. That simple.

  23. TheWizard says:
    May 30, 2015 8:11 PM
    Excel? If the Chiefs could accomplish something and get some national games, more people would know who this guy is. That’s the only reason he’s not mentioned regularly with the top backs.
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    Relax, dude. I know who he is. I knew about him when he played high school ball in southeast TX.
    So I probably knew about him before you did.

    I know how good he is.

  24. I doubt he can play six more years but you never know. He’s already had quite the career and proven an awful lot of people wrong. When he was drafted I don’t think anyone (including the Chiefs) expected him to be as good as he is.

  25. As much as it KILLS me to say this, I’m pretty sure he is a Herm Edwards draft pick. Great defensive coach, not a Head Coach. I think Jamaal went like 78 overall in the 3rd round. Dont quote me on the 78th pick, but it was a STEAL either way. GO CHIEFS!!!!!

  26. Raiders crushed him last year,

    Dec 14 2014

    Murray 12 carries for 59 yds
    Charles 12 carries for 52 yds

    So does that mean Murray was also crushed by the Chiefs last year?

  27. Why do people rip this guy??? He is a great running back and if he keeps up his stats he will be a HOFer

  28. Wish Charles well. Fred Jackson isn’t a star like him; however, is still doing well and I fully expect Frank Gore to go a couple of more years at Indy, so why not Charles?

    As for Curtis Martin, he didn’t make it to 34; however, it wasn’t because “he fell off a cliff” in talent or drive at 32. His right knee went and this tough guy tried to run bone-on-bone and just couldn’t do it. Curtis was a gamer and a class guy on and off the football field.

  29. not the way the chiefs use him they won’t. unless they get a qb that can take the pressure off of him he won’t last.

  30. It’s not just age. Teams don’t like to spend big money on running backs. In the new pass-first age, they are disposable. Considering the punishment they take, it doesn’t seem fair, but that is the way it is.

  31. It’s not that guys CAN’T play well after 30. It’s that in today’s NFL, GMs aren’t willing to pay running backs over 30 because they believe there are younger, cheaper guys out there. Also, how much is that 30+ guy willing to play for?

  32. I don’t see the Chiefs winning the 3 Superbowls before Jamaal retires, not a chance. That “iknowitall” nut j0b sounds like a delusional Viking fan.

    I do agree that Jamaal is ONE of the best RB’s in the game tho.

    The vikings are annoying, their fan base, their stupid ugly jerseys, their overrated baby hands bust QB, their proven under achieving staff, their ZERO Championships!

  33. jjackwagon says:
    May 30, 2015 10:09 PM

    Raiders crushed him last year,

    Dec 14 2014

    Murray 12 carries for 59 yds
    Charles 12 carries for 52 yds

    So does that mean Murray was also crushed by the Chiefs last year?
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    I enjoy watching Charles play, except for that game a couple of years ago when he had 200 yards receiving and 5 total TDs. Overall, though, his career average versus Oakland (4.1) is a lot lower than his overall average. That’s surprising to me, since Oakland has generally played poor run defense since Charles has been in the league.

  34. @ raiderapologist. Agreed but saying that he got crushed is a little strong when your RB had the same amount of carries and only outgained him by 7 yds.
    It’s Charles lower average is not surprising at all. The Raiders organization knows that the key to beating the Chiefs is stop Jamaal and make Alex beat you with his arm. Alex failed once and succeeded once last year.

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