Jamaal Charles Wants to be “AFC Player of the Year” in 2015

Kansas City Chiefs’ star running back Jamaal Charles has some lofty goals for the upcoming 2015 NFL season. In addition to planning to play for another six seasons which would take him to age 35, he has a specific goal in mind for 2015.

Speaking with Adam Teicher of ESPN, Charles stated his desire for the season.

That’s always my goal, every year my goal. I want to come back to (Kansas City’s annual) 101 Banquet for the Chiefs award. I want to come back as AFC player of the year. That’s what I’ve been wanting to do. I think I almost got there. Peyton Manning had an awesome season (in 2013), and he beat me out.

Charles remains one of the NFL’s best running back as evidenced by three 1,000-plus rushing yard seasons in row coupled with 26 touchdowns. Whether his legs will carry him another six years at this pace could be a tough order to fill. To start preserving himself, Charles has claimed he will “definitely not going to take as many big hits” as he endured during the 2014 season.

With newly signed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, and tight end Travis Kelce emerging as a top pass catcher, Charles make catch a bit of a break on ball carries this season. To be the AFC Player of the Year though, Charles will have to make 2015 his best season to-date.

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