Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was one of the guest speakers at the opening of the Special Olympic World Games where she gave a talk about his own learning disability that has affected him over the years. The four-time Pro Bowl player spoke from the heart and the audience was able to relate to the way he said he felt afraid and struggled through his elementary school years. At the age of 10, the Special Olympics gave him an opportunity to compete and learn about the athletic talents that he wasn’t completely aware of having.
Charles went to college and played for the University of Texas Longhorns where he first made a really great name for himself. The three-time Clyde Littlefield Outstanding Offensive Back Award winner competed for Texas for three years before entering the 2008 NFL Draft where he was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs. Charles currently still plays for the Chiefs and has accomplished many things and earned significant achievements so far with the team. He is the Kansas City Chiefs rushing yards career leader, the 2013 AFC rushing leader, and the 2010 FedEx Ground Player of the Year in addition to many other things on his resume.
Charles was at this year’s Special Olympics World Games opening ceremony where he was able to give a very touching and supportive speech to all of the participants in the LA games. He told them about his own difficulties with his learning disability, but emphasized that he is living proof that there are no limits to what one can accomplish.
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