Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles gives touching speech at Special Olympics
We all know Jamaal Charles as one of the most dominating players to ever suit up for the Kansas City Chiefs and one of the most explosive running backs in the game today. But what you probably don’t know, however, is that before Charles was tearing through NFL defenses week in and week out, he was once a Special Olympics athlete.
Charles was diagnosed with a learning disability as a kid and said he often felt helpless. That was until he won a gold medal in track and field at the Special Olympics, which gave him the confidence and drive to achieve more.
Or as Charles put it, “I learned I can fly.”
At the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics on Saturday night, Charles gave a touching speech about his struggles with his learning disability and how the Special Olympics helped give him courage.
As Charles touched on in the beginning of his speech, he would go on to win a national title at Texas and, now, he’s one of the top running backs in the league for the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2014, Charles topped 1,000 rushing yards for the fifth time in his career.