Memorial great Jamaal Charles left off All-Decade team
Not enough voters agreed that Port Arthur native Jamaal Charles had a solid enough career to make the 2010s All-Decade team.
Charles, a member of the third graduating class in Memorial High School history (2005), was left off the NFL/Pro Football Hall of Fame 2010s All-Decade team, which was announced Monday. The running back, who spent most of his career (2008-18) with the Kansas City Chiefs, ranked first among active players at the time of his retirement for most yards per carry at 5.4 and fourth all-time, only behind Michael Vick, Randall Cunningham and Marion Motley.
He ran for 5 or more yards-per-carry in his first eight seasons, with a high of 6.9 in 2011.
Charles was also fifth among active players in career rushing yards with 7,563, when he signed a ceremonial one-day contract to retire as a Kansas City Chief on May 3, 2019. Each of the top four — Frank Gore (15,347), Adrian Peterson (14,216), LeSean McCoy (11,071) and Marshawn Lynch (10,413) — filled the running back slots on the All-Decade team.
Port Neches-Groves graduate Wade Phillips, who most recently served as the Rams’ defensive coordinator, coached three unanimous selections to the All-Decade team: Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (2011-14), Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (2015-16) and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (2017-19).
The All-Decade team included five more unanimous selections — retired Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas, retired Minnesota Vikings guard Marshal Yanda, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker and Peterson. Brady spent the past 20 seasons with the New England Patriots.
Charles was selected to four Pro Bowls and twice named first-team All-Pro. He is Kansas City’s all-time leading rusher with 7,260 yards on 1,332 carries, 43 of which resulted in touchdowns.
Peterson, from Palestine, Texas, is going into his third season (and second of a two-year contract) with the Washington Redskins. Gore, McCoy and Lynch are free agents. McCoy won his first Super Bowl ring with Kansas City this past season, but played in a limited role.
West Orange-Stark graduate Earl Thomas was named one of the All-Decade safeties, along with Eric Berry and Eric Weddle. Thomas played one season with Charles at the University of Texas and played with the Seattle Seahawks from 2010-18 before signing a four-year deal with the Ravens in 2019.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 48-member selection committee determined the All-Decade team. Only players who received at least one selection to a Pro Bowl, Associated Press All-Pro team or Pro Football Writers of America all-conference team during the 2010-19 seasons were eligible.
NFL/Pro Football Hall of Fame
2010s All-Decade team
(Unanimous selections in BOLD)
Wide receiver — Antonio Brown, Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones
Tight end — Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce
Tackle — Jason Peters, Tyron Smith, Joe Staley, Joe Thomas
Guard — Jahri Evans, Logan Mankins, Zack Martin, Marshal Yanda
Center — Alex Mack, Maurkice Pouncey
Quarterback — Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers
Running back — Frank Gore, Marshawn Lynch, LeSean McCoy, Adrian Peterson
Flex — Darren Sproles
End — Calais Campbell, Cameron Jordan, Julius Peppers, J.J. Watt
Tackle — Geno Atkins, Fletcher Cox, Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh
Linebacker — Chandler Jones, Luke Kuechly, Khalil Mack, Von Miller, Bobby Wagner, Patrick Willis
Cornerback — Patrick Peterson, Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman
Safety — Eric Berry, Earl Thomas, Eric Weddle
Defensive back — Chris Harris, Tyrann Mathieu
Punter — Johnny Hekker, Shane Lechler
Kicker — Stephen Gostkowski, Justin Tucker
Punt returner — Tyreek Hill, Darren Sproles, Devin Hester, Cordarrelle Patterson
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