With the lockout keeping Jamaal Charles away from team facilities, the Kansas City Chiefs running back has made no secret that he has been spending time with the Texas track team. Charles thinks that if the work stoppage rolls into the season, he could potentially “just travel and run track“.
“Just try to get an agent, get a sponsor, try to get on with a team,” he told ESPN.com’s Dave Wilson. “Maybe I could sponsor myself.
“All I’d have to do is get an offer by a team that could get me running track because you know, football season, you don’t know how long it’s going to go with the lockout.”
Going back to Texas so he can get in some workouts with his old coach is one thing, but for the Chiefs sake hopefully Charles’ love of track doesn’t pull him beyond that.
We’ve heard plenty about just how good Charles was and could have been if he stuck with it. In order to get the most out of Charles next season (whenever that may be) and beyond, Kansas City needs him to stick with workouts tailored for football and to stay healthy.
No matter how much time he has spent in his life training for and running track, his body isn’t used to it at this point and the last thing anyone needs is Charles snapping his hamstring. Just ask Chad Pennington what can happen when you are playing a sport other than football.