This has to be a particularly bittersweet day for Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
The Chiefs are playing the Houston Texans in an AFC wild-card game, but he’s still recovering from a knee injury and won’t plays.
Still, Charles wrote a blog post on his website on Friday and expressed his happiness and admiration for his teammates.
Here is how it starts:
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I’m so proud of the way our team has come together over the last several weeks. To reel off 10 straight wins and reach the playoffs after where we began the season is pretty incredible.
Nobody wants to start 1-5, but it’s impressive to get from there to where they are today. That tells you a lot about our team. We definitely could have started off the season playing the way they are now, but it didn’t work out that way. When it didn’t, they could have quit. But they didn’t.
They found a way to get things turned around. I’m excited for the guys that they’ve been able to do what they’re doing, and happy that they’re headed to the playoffs. There are a lot of people in that locker room that love Chiefs football. They found some leadership and some people who have been able to get them back on the winning track.
Charles also had high praise for the running backs who have filled in during his absence, particularly Charcadrick West:
Our running backs have been incredible stepping up in my absence. For those guys, especially Charcandrick West, to be able to be the "next man up" and take advantage of that opportunity is great to see. To step in after I went down, and help the team the way they have—that’s just amazing.
Charles wrote that as he continues his work to return, he thinks the break will allow him to “drink from that fountain of youth,” and that he is eager to start playing again.
He also made it clear that he is in good spirits.
I’m thankful for all that I have, and I’m just happy to be alive. I thank God for the good days and I thank Him for the bad days as well. Whether I’m up or down, happy or sad, healthy or injured, I’m still happy with Him. All the success He gave me, the abilities He gave me, how could I be mad? I’m blessed.