Can Jamaal Charles Break O.J. Simpson’s Record?
Jamaal Charles is in slow pursuit of O.J. Simpson. Last Sunday, Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs stole a 17-16 victory from the Houston Texans, and in doing so, he found himself in Simpson’s shoes. The two now stand before league court officers as the only backs to ever to get away with 100 yards and a touchdown in each of a season’s first seven games.
Back in 1975, Simpson eluded pursuers and carried the merchandise “to the house” safely in the first eight games of the season. Simpson’s efforts to nab NFL‘s most-prized possession that year were proven to be futile. His “dream team” concluded their remarks 8-6 (third in the AFC East) and were ruled against having a day in the supreme court system of pro football.
Charles’ Chiefs, however, are 7-0, and no team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 has been denied a fair hearing after presenting that much evidence in early proceedings. Of the 31 teams to state such a case, 15 have found themselves inside the chambers of the league’s highest court (the Super Bowl) fighting to prove that the memorabilia rightfully belongs to them. Nine have been allowed to freely return home with the coveted Lombardi Trophy.
Jamaal needs to keep his distance for now. The ninth-ranked rushing defense in the league, the Cleveland Browns, are looking to throw out the road spikes this Sunday in Kansas City. The Browns are giving up an average of, go figure, 99 yards on the ground per game. Charles will have to make some well-calculated maneuvers, but if he’s able to, this chase will come to an ironic end.
You may recall, O.J.’s infamous 1994 Bronco chase ended at his home. Al Cowlings, the vehicle’s driver, was a former teammate of Simpson when with the Buffalo Bills. That is where “The Juice” was playing in 1975 when his on-the-field actions became an official part of the NFL’s public record.
Kansas City plays at Buffalo in Week 9, and there’s a chance Jamaal Charles could catch up to Simpson at his own house. Charles will not be looking to apprehend him; instead he’ll be out to expunge Simpson’s record from the books.
Troy Alan is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TRantMedia or “Like” him on Facebook.