Jamaal Charles received more votes than Houston Texans RB Arian Foster and Atlanta Falcons RB Michael Turner to win the 2011 FedEx Ground Player of the Year Award.
Just how good is Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles compared to past players? Can he become the Chiefs all-time rushing leader before his tenure at Kansas City comes to an end?
Priest Holmes currently owns that award as he rushed for 6,070 yards from 2001 to 2005 and in 2007—Holmes did not play in 2006 due to an injury. Larry Johnson is not far behind him as he racked up 6,015 yards as a Chief from 2003 to 2009. Behind Holmes and Johnson include six players who rushed for at least 3,000 yards as a Chief plus Charles.
- Priest Holmes: 6,070 yards from 2001 - 2007
- Larry Johnson: 6,015 yards from 2003 - 2009
- Christian Okoye: 4,897 yards from 1987 - 1992
- Ed Podolak: 4,451 yards from 1970 - 1977
- Abner Haynes: 3,814 yards from 1960 - 1964
- Marcus Allen: 3,698 yards from 1993 - 1997
- Mike Garrett: 3,246 yards from 1966 - 1970
- Curtis McClinton: 3,124 yards from 1962 - 1968
- Jamaal Charles: 2,944 yards from 2008 - 2010
As you can see, Charles has placed himself in the Top 10 after playing in Kansas City for three seasons. Before the 2010 season, Charles was 21st on this list and he rose 11 spots after rushing for 1,467 yards last season.
Three years ago, Charles was participating in team OTA's and was projected to be the third running back behind Johnson and Kolby Smith. Three years later, he won the NFL FedEx Ground Player of the Year Award and has shattered a couple of rushing records.
Can Charles pass Holmes as the Chiefs all-time rushing leader?
Take Charles’ career rushing total, 2,944 yards and divide it by three, the number of seasons he has played in Kansas City. You’ll get 981.33—we’ll just go with 981.
Holmes, the all-time rushing leader, played in Kansas City from 2001-07. That is a total of seven seasons—including the 2006 season he missed.
Multiplying the average by seven comes to a rough estimate of 6,867 career yards.
By the time the 2014 season is over—2015 if there is a lockout this season—it is very likely that Charles will capture the prestigious honor that Holmes currently carries.