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March 1, 2014

Jamaal named Chiefs MVP for fourth time

KANSAS CITY — KANSAS CITY —  The Kansas City Chiefs announced Saturday running back Jamaal Charles was named the winner of the club’s Derrick Thomas Award and cornerback Marcus Cooper earned the team’s Mack Lee Hill Award.

It marks the fourth time in the last five seasons Charles has been named the team’s MVP. Both honors were voted on by Chiefs players and were  presented at the 44th Annual 101 Banquet Saturday evening.

Charles (5-11, 199) led the Chiefs in rushing yards (1,287), receiving yards (693), yards from scrimmage (1,980) and total touchdowns (19) in 2013. His total yards from scrimmage ranked second in the league and his total rushing yards ranked third in the NFL.

Charles totaled more than 100 scrimmage yards in each of the first eight games and had at least one touchdown in seven straight games to start the 2013 season. Pro Football Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson is the only player in NFL history to record more games with 100 scrimmage yards and a touchdown.

In his career, Charles has recorded 29 rushing touchdowns, with a career-high of 12 coming this season alone. His 12 rushing scores tied for first in the NFL in 2013. Charles became the fifth player in Chiefs history to record at least 1,000 carries and he is just 248 yards shy of setting the franchise record for most career rushing yards.

Charles currently holds the highest career rushing average in the NFL (5.58) for backs with at least 1,000 attempts, leading a high powered group that includes Hall of Fame running backs Jim Brown and Barry Sanders, as well as Adrian Peterson.

The sixth-year player was named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press following the 2013 season, marking the second time he has earned that recognition in his career and made his third trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. The Port Arthur, Texas, native and former Texas Longhorn has solidified his spot as one of the top running backs in the National Football League.

  

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