Publisher’s note: Story written for The Associated Press
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs welcomed back star running back Jamaal Charles on Thursday for the first day of coach Andy Reid’s second training camp at Missouri Western.
Charles, who signed a two-year contract extension Wednesday, entered the practice field Thursday to thunderous cheers from fans in attendance.
He didn’t disappoint, catching a screen pass from Alex Smith before running up the left sideline for a touchdown on one of the first plays during 11-on-11 drills.
“It feels good,” Charles said about the extension. “I just like to thank God first of all. I’d like to thank the Hunt family, my teammates and the fans, everybody that supported me. I didn’t want to hold out. That’s not my personality. I couldn’t do it. I just wanted to get the deal done.”