I went into the locker room after the Kansas City Chiefs 23-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers and saw a familiar scene: a huge crowd of reporters hanging around the row of lockers where the running backs sit. Except this time the reporters were not waiting for Jamaal Charles, they were waiting for Charcandrick West, who put up over 110 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win.
I couldn't really wedge myself in there to hear everything (not as slim as I once was but still as handsome) so luckily the Chiefs send out a few quotes after the game. This is a great answer from West on whether he saw this game coming:
"Jamaal told us last week that we've got to write down on a piece of paper what we're going to do," West said. "I wrote 100 yards and a touchdown and I got it."
West said that he looked up on the last drive and saw that he had 99 yards and wanted to get over the hump for 100 yards. He did that with a few more carries, ending his day with 110 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown.
"With how the offensive line was blocking today anybody could have gotten back there and ran," West said, predictably crediting the improved performance of the offensive line. "They did a great job, I'm just thankful to be here."
How awesome is that? West is one of those dudes who has an infectious personality. He has a huge smile all the time and seems really ... bubbly. I think that's the right word. Just a really easy person to root for given where he came from, the task he has ahead of him and the way he goes about his business. He would've stood there and answered questions for an hour if the media wanted it.
Hint to Charcandrick: write down another 100 and a touchdown for next week's game in London.