Jamaal Charles: I'm the LeBron James of football

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  • By Jeremy Bergman NFL.com
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Year in, year out, Jamaal Charles is one of the most underrated running backs in the league.

He's rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his last five healthy seasons, but never leads the league in rushing, always overshadowed by Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy and DeMarco Murray.

So it's no surprise that, in an effort to earn some respect, Charles compared himself to one of the all-time greats on Saturday.

"Sometimes I feel like I'm the LeBron of football," Charles told reporters at Chiefs camp, according to Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star, "because I can do so much."

Charles may have gone out on a limb here, but his boast is a comparison worth exploring.

While James is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all-time, as capable on offense as he is on defense, Charles is a top dual threat out of the backfield; he ranked in the top ten in all-purpose yards in four of the last six seasons and is a fantasy workhorse.

Still, King James does undoubtedly surpass Charles in one significant category: championships.

LeBron has appeared in six NBA Finals, including the last five, and won two of them. Charles' Chiefs haven't won the Super Bowl since the Nixon administration and their last appearance in the postseason resulted in a heartbreaking comeback loss to the Colts.

Until Charles leads Kansas City to at least one playoff victory, he should probably slow his roll and tone down the LeBron comparisons -- unless he wants to compare hairlines, of course.

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