Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles doesn’t play fantasy football, but he was happy to be selected Saturday as the 2013 NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year.
Charles, who led the NFL in touchdowns with 19, received the award at the Third Annual NFL Honors program at Radio City Music Hall.
“The reason I don’t play fantasy football is a long time ago, I got hurt, tore my ACL,” he said of the knee injury he suffered in the second game of the 2010 season at Detroit, “and people ragged on me, talked bad about me, asking, ‘Why did you get hurt?’
“Having knee surgery is the worst feeling in the world. I was drafted pretty high (in fantasy drafts) that year, and I cost a lot of people … not winning their league.”
It’s been a whirlwind week for Charles, who played in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii last week before arriving in New York for Super Bowl activities.
“It was a great season, and I’ve got to enjoy this moment … all the awards that have been coming my way,” said Charles, who led the AFC in rushing with 1,287 yards, “but at the same time, I’ve got to focus on a new season. I can’t wait to get back to football.”
The Chiefs’ 45-44 first-round playoff loss at Indianapolis still stings Charles, who left the game in the first quarter after suffering a concussion.
“It ended in disappointment because I couldn’t finish the last game with my teammates,” said Charles, who has said he wanted to return to the game but the club medical and training staff would not clear him for play. “It really hurt me. I wanted to play one more game … I wanted to, but I couldn’t do anything about it.”