The 2011 Kansas City Chiefs season had plenty of low moments, but none were worse than the torn ACL suffered by running back Jamaal Charles in the second game of the year. The blow to Charles was the cherry on top of a season-ending knee injury sundae started by tight end Tony Moeaki and safety Eric Berry.
The Chiefs offense came to a screeching halt without the league’s most efficient back on the field and Kansas City was unable to defend their AFC West title. The silver lining of the Charles injury and subsequent struggles for the Chiefs is the young star has never sounded more determined.
Speaking with The Star’s Adam Teicher, Charles had a combination promise for the Chiefs fans and warning for the rest of the league.
“If you’re worrying about me not being the same, just look out for me this year,” Charles said. “I’m hungry. I want it this year. I’ve got the passion for it. I just can’t wait to play football.”
The confidence he brings to the table isn’t just for the health of his knee, but the Chiefs as a whole.
“I feel like this is a year for us that we can go all the way.”
Despite getting so much talent back from injury, the Chiefs and every other team in the division will be overshadowed by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. That should help Charles and the Chiefs play up the “us against the world” feeling leading up to the season.