The Beaumont Enterprise reported Saturday that Charles, who curtailed a promising track career at the University of Texas to focus on football, has been working out with the Longhorns men's team this offseason and is considering a professional track career.
"All I'd have to do is get an offer by a team that could get me running track because, you know, football season, you don't know how long it's going to go with the lockout," Charles said.
The former All-American standout excelled in the men's 100-meter, the 200 and 4x400-meter relay at Texas.
The three-year pro said he'd "just try to get an agent, get a sponsor, try to get on with a team. Maybe I could sponsor myself."
Charles is not the only NFL player with eyes for a second sport. Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco, who grew up playing soccer, earned a spot last week on Sporting Kansas City's reserve team. And Baltimore Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski is 3-0 as a boxer after the 5-foot-11, 215-pound cruiserweight scored a unanimous decision victory over Caleb "True Grit" Grummet last Saturday night in Atlantic City. N.J.
Charles finished last season as the NFL's second-leading rusher (1,467 yards), but was tops in yards per carry (6.4), good enough to earn him his first Pro Bowl selection.