"Some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab & empty that their gone."
Only 26, Charles has already enjoyed three seasons of over 1,100 rushing yards and owns a legendary yards per attempt average of 5.8, the highest in NFL history. Incredibly, he's done all of this despite never having a quality passing attack surrounding him.
Charles isn't only another really good player. With a few more seasons the same caliber that we've seen, and he's entering the realm of all-time great.
Charles is one of the rare players whose play speaks louder than he does, a brilliant artist in cleats painting a masterpiece with each touch of the football. The Chiefs have had many great players over the years, but none with the dynamic ability of Charles.
When I watch Charles, I know I'm watching one of the best Chiefs ever. Often times we argue about players on the team and how good they really are, but nobody argues the merits of No. 25. Everybody who watches him knows the talent being displayed with every cut he makes.
I'm not one for getting upset when the national media doesn't pay much attention to smaller market teams, even ones I care about. But Charles not getting his due would be devastating. For years, this franchise's incompetence has robbed great players of the spotlight. It can't happen this time.
Thinking about the Chiefs, I often remember all those greats who never got a chance to play in the Super Bowl, the ultimate attention-grabber. Anybody from Derrick Thomas to Tony Gonzalez to Deron Cherry deserves to be in the conversation, falling shy of elusive glory.
Then I began pondering how disappointing it would be if Eric Berry, Tamba Hali or Derrick Johnson didn't play in the Super Bowl at some point. When I think of that scenario involving Charles, I literally felt sick.
He's a quiet man by nature, and a good one by all accounts. When he does speak, his competitive fire is evident to anyone who listens. In an interview with Grantland earlier this offseason, Charles was asked whether he enjoyed playing more in front of Texas Longhorns fans or at Arrowhead Stadium. He picked Arrowhead, an amazing answer for a young man who grew up in the shadow of Austin.
He went on to say how badly he wants to win for those who cheer him on, clad in red during the autumn and cold winter months.
Sure, it would be a dream come true to watch the Chiefs win a Super Bowl, not only for myself but everyone reading this column and millions of others. However, the reason I want Charles so badly to raise a Lombardi Trophy is because he deserves national attention and to be viewed as a winner.
It's beautiful to watch Charles play this game. It would be even better if the world got to see it too.
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