It All Started Here: Jamaal Charles

By NFHS on January 12, 2015 hst Print

When Jamaal Charles gets the ball, the Kansas City Chiefs running back makes the most of it. Charles averages nearly six yards a carry, making him the all-time leader among running backs in NFL history. It makes sense considering Charles has excelled at both football and running since his time at Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial High School.

Charles was a standout two-sport athlete while at Port Arthur. He rushed for 4,107 yards and 50 touchdowns in his junior and senior seasons, and was named a first-team Class 5A all-state selection each year. After his senior season, Charles was named a 2005 Parade All-American and played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

As a track sprinter and hurdler, Charles was state champion in the 100-meter dash and the 300-meter hurdles as a senior. He also earned a bronze medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2003 World Youth Championships.

Charles stayed in state to play at the University of Texas before being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. In that relatively short time, Charles has already become the Chiefs all-time leading rusher.

Off the field, Charles helps run his Youth Matters Family Foundation and holds a free two-day football camp for kids, which helps promote healthy minds and bodies in the youth of the community.