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PA Memorial grad Charles signs with Jacksonville

October 10, 2018

NFL running back and former Port Arthur Memorial High School star Jamaal Charles is heading to Jacksonville after agreeing to a one-year deal with the Jaguars on Tuesday.

Jacksonville announced the deal with Charles after placing running back Corey Grant on injured reserve with a left foot injury. The Jaguars have depth problems at the running back position with starter Leonard Fournette (hamstring) out indefinitely and T.J. Yeldon (ankle) playing at less than 100 percent.

The 31-year-old Charles last played during the 2017 season for the Denver Broncos, appearing in 14 games. He made 69 carries that year, rushing for 296 yards and a touchdown.

Charles said he chose Jacksonville for “a potential shot at the Super Bowl.”

“That’s why I kept my options open because I really wanted to win a championship,” Charles said in a video posted to Twitter by the Jaguars.

Charles, who will wear No. 31 for Jacksonville, is a 10-year NFL veteran most known for this time with Kansas City. He made the NFL Pro Bowl four times with the Chiefs.

“I want to start a new history,” Charles said signing with the Jaguars. “Everyone says, ‘He’s old’ right now, but I want to start something new in Jacksonville.”

Before turning professional, Charles won the BCS National Championship with the University of Texas.

At Memorial, Charles was named District 22-5A Player of the Year during both his junior and senior seasons. He still returns to his former high school each year to host his annual youth football camp at Memorial Stadium.

MFaye@BeaumontEnterprise.com

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