Red Zone

July 30, 2014

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is Sports Illustrated’s newest cover star

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is featured on one of four regional covers for the next issue of Sports Illustrated.

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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

Well, here’s hoping you don’t believe in the Sports Illustrated cover jinx.

The next issue of Sports Illustrated will have regional covers, one of which includes Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. The other covers feature Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy, Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy and UCLA’s Brett Hundley.

Sports Illustrated showed off the covers on its Instragram account.

“It’s not my first time being on Sports Illustrated, so I’m not that excited about it,” said Charles. “It’s something somebody put on me ...”

Charles agreed to a new contract last week, one that reportedly will pay him $18 million. Charles rushed for 1,287 yards last season and 12 touchdowns. He also caught 70 passes for 693 yards and seven touchdowns.

Charles wasn’t concerned about the dreaded Sports Illustrated cover jinx.

“I don’t know about the jinx,” he said. “I just play football.”

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