Jamaal Charles says he’s “probably” retired

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Jamaal Charles appears ready to walk into the sunset.

Charles, the running back who was released by the Jaguars this week, posted a message on Instagram hinting that he knows he has reached the end of the line.

“I’m so thankful and grateful. Thanks Jaguars for opportunity. It probably was my last chance putting on a jersey again,” Charles wrote.

Charles will get some consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is the NFL’s all-time leader in yards per carry by a running back, with a 5.4-yard average. And he is one of only three players in NFL history with at least five seasons of 1,000 yards and an average of five yards per carry. The other two players who have done that five times, Jim Brown and Barry Sanders, are arguably the two best running backs in NFL history.

But Charles is unlikely ever to get voted into the Hall of Fame. Although he had some spectacular moments, he never led the NFL in rushing, and injuries cut short his prime. The career that’s ending now was a very good one, but probably not one that will end in Canton.

41 responses to “Jamaal Charles says he’s “probably” retired

  1. Wish him the best. When we are signing guys off the street and putting them right in like this – shows how bad our injuries and depth are.

  2. When he was good, he was great! BUT he never sustained the “goodness” long enough to get HOF consideration.

  3. Disagree! His yards-per-carry top Gale Sayers, and neither Marshall Faulk or Tony Dorsett ever led the NFL in rushing. He should be right up there with those guys, despite being on teams without a championship. That 5.4 yards per carry on mediocre teams should be stat enough to put him in.

  4. As discussed many times it is not longer the Hall of Fame, it is the Hall of Very Good. Probably a third of the players that have gone into the Hall in the last 20 years shouldn’t be there because it is the Hall of Very Good now. That being the case, JC will get in.

  5. Terrell Davis and Jamaal Charles have nearly identical amounts of rushing yards (about 7600). Charles has a far better Avg. 5.4 yds per rush to 4.6 yds per rush. Charles also has twice the receiving yds, 4 times the number of runs greater than 40 yds and more runs of over 20 yds than Davis. Jamaal Charles should get into the HOF but probably won’t. A damn shame.

  6. It’s sad when guys won’t admit to themselves that it is time to hang up the cleats until they get cut and no team will sign them.

  7. The Eagles should at least bring him in for a workout. He’s familiar with Doug’s offense from his days in KC. They need to do something at that position.

  8. Jimmypx says:
    October 24, 2018 at 10:04 am
    It’s sad when guys won’t admit to themselves that it is time to hang up the cleats until they get cut and no team will sign them.

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    You play until they drag you off the field, kicking and screaming. If someone’s willing to pay you millions to play, even if it’s the ghost of the shadow of who you used to be, you play. You only get once chance to play professional sports and when it’s gone it’s gone forever.

  9. I said it here when Charles signed with the Jags: He’s done. His entire game was based on explosive speed and the multiple knee injuries robbed him of that speed. I was surprised the Jags signed him over a younger and faster Charandrick West. JC had a good career and I wish him the best in the future.

  10. In the natty game between USC & Texas full of college football legends as well as future NFL players, freshmen Jamaal Charles was one of the best players on the field. Great career.

  11. Jamaal was more than able to wash that bad aftertaste of Larry Johnson out of the mouths of us Chiefs fans, and that’s plenty enough for most of us.

    Injuries cut short a sure fire HOF career, but he’ll always be fondly remembered and held in esteem in the heartland.

  12. heyguru1969 says:
    October 24, 2018 at 9:43 am
    Disagree! His yards-per-carry top Gale Sayers, and neither Marshall Faulk or Tony Dorsett ever led the NFL in rushing. He should be right up there with those guys, despite being on teams without a championship. That 5.4 yards per carry on mediocre teams should be stat enough to put him in.

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    I’m with you. Total yards are not a stat. Jim Brown played for 9 years. Emmitt Smith what….18? Brown played in 12 and 14 game seasons. Smith all about those 16. The only truly distinguishable stat is YPC.

    That said, while I think Charles *might* deserve some consideration? I don’t think he is a HOF back (sorry cuz I love JC!). Problem is his body of work just isn’t good enough with the injuries – my opinion.

  13. Terrell Davis and Jamaal Charles have nearly identical amounts of rushing yards (about 7600). Charles has a far better Avg. 5.4 yds per rush to 4.6 yds per rush. Charles also has twice the receiving yds, 4 times the number of runs greater than 40 yds and more runs of over 20 yds than Davis. Jamaal Charles should get into the HOF but probably won’t. A damn shame.
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    How many times was JC a SB MVP? How many times was JC a NFL MVP? How many times did JC take his team to the playoffs?

  14. Charles always struck me as a guy who loved to play the game. Anyone who battles back from such devastating injuries, has to be. The Pro Football Hall of Fame has been marginalized anyhow, so why not? Hopefully he has invested his earnings wisely.

  15. For some reason certain players are embraced by the national sports-media and some are inexplicably shunned. I believe Charles is in the latter category even though his stats were superior to many of the guys the sports-media salivated over, Maybe it is a personality thing or maybe it is a team/location thing but Charles should have received more credit than he got.

  16. idiedpretty says:
    October 24, 2018 at 10:38 am
    Terrell Davis and Jamaal Charles have nearly identical amounts of rushing yards (about 7600). Charles has a far better Avg. 5.4 yds per rush to 4.6 yds per rush. Charles also has twice the receiving yds, 4 times the number of runs greater than 40 yds and more runs of over 20 yds than Davis. Jamaal Charles should get into the HOF but probably won’t. A damn shame.
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    How many times was JC a SB MVP? How many times was JC a NFL MVP? How many times did JC take his team to the playoffs?
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    Let’s not forget Denver was caught cheating the salary cap the 2 years they went to the Super Bowl with Davis on the team & fined for it……would he have had those accomplishments had he gone to another team durring that time that was compliant????
    If you are only going to use that as a standard it doesn’t hold up….

  17. HOF is just a dumb add-on to all the other little milestones and accolades we arbitrarily designate and celebrate. If Charles makes it, he wouldn’t be the least-deserving guy there, so I’m fine with it.

    Also, don’t underestimate the effect fantasy football will have. He didn’t go to the super bowl or win the titles and awards, the things that usually cement a player’s legacy in the minds and hearts of the national audience. But in fantasy leagues, he carried teams and broke hearts, and was on the minds of FF players year-round (I participated in a league for a couple years back then). It’s possible that he will have broader support for induction because of this

  18. While I do not think Charles is going to the Hall of Fame, who knows anymore. The Hall of Fame is all about how much you sucked up to the media. There is no other explanation as to why Jerome Bettis is in while Corey Dillon essentially has no shot. I’m no Chiefs fan, but from a distance, Charles seemed like a pretty good guy who was liked and respected by players, fans, and media, so he may have more than a shot than people realize.

  19. Jamaal Charles was a beast for a few years. That’s undeniable.
    Having said that, he should get the same amount of consideration Priest Holmes, Ricky Waters, Shawn Alexander, Fred Taylor, Eddie George, and others do: make the initial list of 100 or so candidates, but not make the next cut.

    My two cents: Holmes was better.

  20. “brady2gronktd says: October 24, 2018 at 10:32 am. In the natty game between USC & Texas full of college football legends as well as future NFL players, freshmen Jamaal Charles was one of the best players on the field. Great career.”

    Thanks for prodding my memory. I took a vacation day to watch and it was the greatest college game I’ve ever seen.

  21. devindenv says:
    October 24, 2018 at 9:55 am
    Terrell Davis and Jamaal Charles have nearly identical amounts of rushing yards (about 7600). Charles has a far better Avg. 5.4 yds per rush to 4.6 yds per rush. Charles also has twice the receiving yds, 4 times the number of runs greater than 40 yds and more runs of over 20 yds than Davis. Jamaal Charles should get into the HOF but probably won’t. A damn shame.

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    Neither Charles nor Davis deserve to be in the HOF

  22. kissbillsrings says:
    October 24, 2018 at 11:02 am

    idiedpretty says:
    October 24, 2018 at 10:38 am
    Terrell Davis and Jamaal Charles have nearly identical amounts of rushing yards (about 7600). Charles has a far better Avg. 5.4 yds per rush to 4.6 yds per rush. Charles also has twice the receiving yds, 4 times the number of runs greater than 40 yds and more runs of over 20 yds than Davis. Jamaal Charles should get into the HOF but probably won’t. A damn shame.
    ____
    How many times was JC a SB MVP? How many times was JC a NFL MVP? How many times did JC take his team to the playoffs?
    —————————————————————
    Let’s not forget Denver was caught cheating the salary cap the 2 years they went to the Super Bowl with Davis on the team & fined for it……would he have had those accomplishments had he gone to another team durring that time that was compliant????
    If you are only going to use that as a standard it doesn’t hold up….
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    We dont live in Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda land, we only live in the have and have not. Has Terrell Davis won mulitple super bowls Yes, Has Jamal Charles won even one super bowl No? The rest of your statement does not matter because Davis did not play for another team and the Broncos were and are still super bowl champs regardless of any “penalty” they may have occurred.

  23. What your TEAM accomplishes is the most worthless stat of many worthless stats. See Brady.Tom being thought of as GOAT. Put him on the Browns w/out Belichick as a 6th round draft choice. He may never have even seen the field. He took his opportunity and ran with it. But to take any accomplishments out of context to his team is worthless. For almost any player.

  24. I loved Jamaal Charles but probably wouldn’t put him in the HOF. But then if he got in it wouldn’t bother me. He is certainly as deserving or more than Bob Griese, Jerome Bettis, Howie Long, and a few others

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