NFL fans have spoken, and they’ve voted Chiefs RB
Charles edged out Houston’s Arian Foster and Atlanta’s Michael Turner for the award via a fan-driven vote on NFL.com. He is the first member of the Chiefs to ever earn the honor.
"I'd like to thank God for the talent he gave me," Charles said. "I also want to recognize Arian Foster. He's a great person on and off the field. I'd like to thank the fans who voted for me. I'd also like to thank FedEx. Without my teammates and my offensive line I wouldn't be able to do this."
Charles and Foster became well acquainted last week as AFC rushing teammates in the 2011 Pro Bowl. Both were making their initial Pro Bowl appearance and Charles led the AFC team with 10 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown.
The pair was also named first-team AP All-Pros.
Charles finished 2010 with 1,467 rushing yards (second-most in the league) and averaged 6.38 yards per carry (230 carries), helping the Chiefs win the AFC West title and reach the playoffs. Charles joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown (291 attempts, 1,863 yards, 6.40 yards per carry in 1963) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 1,400 rushing yards and average more than 6.30 yards per carry in a single season.
Charles had Brown’s record beaten up until the final carry of the regular season. He also owned the most runs of 10 yards (45) this season and finished second in the NFL with 1,935 yards from scrimmage.
In honor of the Charles’ outstanding play, FedEx is donating $25,000 to the Safe Kids USA coalitions in Kansas City.
As part of the program during the season, FedEx supported local Safe Kids coalitions by making weekly $2,000 donations in each of the winning players’ names to their communities. The funding was used for pedestrian safety improvements throughout the year, from upgraded crosswalks and safety signs to traffic barriers and educational training for children.
Charles won the weekly award following a 177-yard Week 8 rushing performance against Buffalo (10/31). FedEx’s donations to the Kansas City Safe Kids Coalition totaled $27,000 on Charles’ behalf in 2010-11.