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The Special Olympics & the NFL score a Touchdown

2015-Special-Olympics-World-Games-logo-400x412“When I was 10 years old, I had a chance to compete in the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics gave me my first chance to discover a talent I did not know I had.”
This current athlete won a gold medal in track and field that year, which instilled much-needed confidence in himself going forward. He then turned a gold medal in track and field at the Special Olympics into a National Championship at the University of Texas. Moreover, As a child, this all-pro athlete suffered from a severe learning disability which was what allowed him to participate in the Special Olympics. Years later, despite all his early struggles, while attending the University of Texas not only did he help his teammates win a National title, but for himself he was named Big 12 all-academic team.

After completing his college career, he was then given a chance to up his game at the NFL level. He was drafted number 10 overall in the 3rd round by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. During his rookie year he rushed for 357 yards, rushing 67 times in 16 games. Not exactly a stellar rookie season. But since then, eliminating his 2011 season, he has put up some impressive yearly rushing stats; 1,120, 1,467, 1,509, 1,287, and 1,033 for a 5 year total of 6,416.

It was a truly courageous and inspiring moment from one of the NFL’s best. Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is considered one of the best athletes in the entire NFL. At the opening ceremonies of this year’s Special Olympics World Games, Charles spoke to the crowd about this life-changing experience.

 

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