Anyone who has watched NFL football in recent years knows Jamaal Charles can move.
But watching him move the crowd at the opening ceremony at last night’s Special Olympics World Games last night might be the biggest highlight of his career.
Charles took the stage at the Los Angeles event last night to lead the participants in the Special Olympics athlete oath — “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
And before he did, he took a moment to recount his own boyhood, when was diagnosed with a learning disability and competed in the Special Olympics himself.
“I was afraid. I was lost,” Charles said. ” When I was a boy, I had trouble reading. I found out I had a learning disability. People made fun of me. They said I would never go anywhere. But I learned I can fly. When I was 10 years old, I had the chance to compete in the Special Olympics. That’s right — the Special Olympics gave me my first chance to discover a talent I did not know I had.”
Charles has many talents, on the field and off, as the video linked above confirms.
It’s something every fan of Charles should see, and one that will create many more fans for the Chiefs running back.