Born: Dec. 27, 1986 in Port Arthur, Texas
Jamaal Charles attended Memorial High School. During his junior year, he ran for 2,051 yards and 25 touchdowns and was named first team all-state by the Texas Sports Writers Association and second team all-state by the Associated Press. The following year, Charles rushed for 2,056 yards and 25 touchdowns, causing the Houston Chronicle to declare him Area Offensive MVP. He was named to the 2005 Parade All-America Football Team, and played in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
After graduation, Charles attended the University of Texas in Austin. In his freshman season rushed 119 times for 878 yards and 11 touchdowns, winning a national championship. During the 2007 season, Charles rushed for over 1,400 yards, with an average of more than six yards per carry. He ranks fourth in the list of total-rushing yards by a UT player.
Charles opted out of his senior year at UT in order to join the 2008 NFL Draft. Selected in the third round by the Kansas City Chiefs, he ended his first season with 357 yards rushing and 272 yards receiving with an impressive 5.3 yards per carry average. In the 2009 season, Charles was promoted to first string and and became the only player in NFL history to rush for 1,100 or more yards in 200 or fewer carries and the only running back in NFL history to rush average 5.9 yards per carry, run 1,000 yards, and catch 40 balls.
In 2010, Jamaal Charles was invited to the 2011 Pro Bowl and named to Pro Football Weekly’s 2010 All-NFL Team. He is currently the NFL's all-time leader in career yards-per-carry average among running backs with 5.5 YPC, but was injured for the 2015 season.
Heading into the 2016 season, Charles never fully recovered from his torn ACL suffered the previous season. He returned to the field in Week 5 and played in 3 games recording 40 rushing yards plus a touchdown along with 2 receptions for 14 yards. He suffered a setback with his knee prior to Week 8 and needed a second surgery on his knee to trim his meniscus. He was placed on injured reserve on November 1, 2016. On February 28, 2017, Charles was released by the Chiefs.
On May 2, 2017, Charles signed a one-year, $3.75 million contract with the Denver Broncos. In the season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football, Charles had 10 rushes for 40 yards but lost a fumble in his Broncos debut. In Week 3, in a 26–16 loss to the Buffalo Bills, he scored his lone rushing touchdown of the season. In 14 games, he had 296 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, 23 receptions, and 129 receiving yards.
On October 9, 2018, Charles signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was released on October, 22, 2018, after playing in two games.
On May 1, 2019, he retired after signing a one day ceremonial contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.