When I read the transcript, one answer jumped off the page. Charles said he is playing the game to go to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Now, that’s a focused player. Last summer, when I spoke to Charles, he said he wanted to make history. I was impressed then and I’m even more impressed with his latest comments.
This is what he wrote Monday: “I really don't look for the hype and everything. I'll just keep putting up the numbers and let it talk for themselves. I'm not trying to be a superstar in this league; I'm trying to be a hall of famer. They can keep hyping the other RBs to be superstars.”
I love that attitude. Charles plays like he’s trying to make history. His 6.4 per carry average in 2010 was elite. He has proven in the past two years that he’s one of the game’s best running backs.
Charles is moving on to the second round of ESPN.com’s SportsNation “Madden 12” vote. The winner will grace the cover of the game. Charles beat Denver quarterback Tim Tebow in the first round. The rest of the results -- including the battle between San Diego’s Philip Rivers and Oakland’s Darren McFadden -- will be revealed later Monday.
Charles made it clear in his chat that he wants to win the cover gig. He is not worried about the legend of the Madden cover jinx.
“No, I think it's all mental. Curses can be broken,” Charles wrote.