clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Jamaal Charles is very close to passing Priest Holmes for Chiefs all-time leading rusher

New, comments

Charles is only 53 rushing yards from becoming the team's all-time leader.

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Jamaal Charles is almost in charge.

The Kansas City Chiefs running back is only 53 yards from breaking from the team's all-time record for career rushing yardage. That's an impressive feat on any team, but for a franchise that's seen its fair share of dominant running backs, Charles' stats are truly something special.

For the next 10 days, Priest Holmes can sit back and relax as the Chiefs all-time rushing leader, but it's very possible that Charles will eclipse his mark of 6,070 career rushing yards in Week 7 on the road against the San Diego Chargers. Charles owns a healthy 5.8 yards per carry lifetime against the Chargers, and San Diego's defense is rated 22nd in the NFL in yards per carry. In short, Charles should have no problems setting the record.

Despite the achievement, Chiefs running backs coach Eric Bieniemy says Charles is more focused on team goals over his own accomplishments.

"One thing about Jamaal, he obviously is not a guy that focuses on himself," said Bieniemy on Tuesday. "He's all about team goals, but in my opinion, I know this is a special deal for him."

Even more, Bieniemy said it was an honor for him to work with Charles and coach him up close.

"Maybe I'm talking out of turn, but to say that he will become the leading rusher for this historical organization says a lot about him, says a lot about all the hard work and self-sacrifice that he's put into his profession. And that goes a long way. I am very, very proud of him, but also too, I am blessed and fortunate to have an opportunity just to be here."

Charles currently has 1,085 carries, or 236 less carries than Holmes in his career. However, for those who have forgotten just how great Priest was, Charles remains 46 rushing touchdowns behind Holmes on the team's all-time list.

[Author's note: Sorry, I couldn't help myself from a solid Scott Baio pun at the top.]