U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL ALUMNI
Since 2001, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has showcased the nation's premier high school football talent. The level of play in these games has demanded the absolute highest levels of mental, emotional and physical strengths for those participating. The expansive and continually growing list of prominent alumni featured in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl's history stands as proof of this strength and the extraordinary level of competition. Some of the most notable All-American alumni include: Adrian Peterson, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, 2012 #1 NFL Draft Pick Andrew Luck, Marcus Lattimore and Robert Woods among many more.
As of the start of NFL training camps, there are more than 200 U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumni on NFL rosters. During the 2013 NFL Draft, a record eight U.S. Army All-Americans were selected in the first round. An incredible total of 79 U.S. Army All-Americans have been selected in the past three NFL Drafts. More and more U.S. Army All-Americans enter the NFL each season as the Army All-American Bowl continues to produce some of the game’s brightest stars on its biggest stage.
2005 U.S. Army All-American
Memorial High School | TX
- Charles was District Player of the Year as both a junior and senior. His 2,051 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns in 2003 earned him a Second-Team All-State selection. Charles continued his extraordinary performance in 2004, rushing for 2,056 yards and another 25 scores and landing First-Team All-State honors.
College: University of Texas
- As a freshman, Charles helped the Longhorns to a National Championship, scoring 13 times while averaging 7.4 yards per carry. He added another 831 yards and eight touchdowns while splitting time as a sophomore in 2006. Charles broke out in his only year as a full-time starter in Austin, piling up 1,619 yards, 18 touchdowns and an All-Big 12 selection. Charles ended his collegiate career ranked fourth in Texas history with rushing 3,328 yards.
NFL: Kansas City Chiefs, Selected in the 2008 NFL Draft, 3rd Round, 73rd Overall
- Charles’ receiving ability helped him see the field early in Kansas City, collecting 629 yards from scrimmage and also serving as kick returner. He emerged in a big way in 2009, totaling 1,417 yards from scrimmage and nine scores. His 5.9 yards per carry led the NFL. Charles brought his game to yet another level last year, increasing his total yards from scrimmage as well as average yards per touch. His 6.38 yards per carry again led the league and is the second best single-season mark in league history. Charles was rewarded with a new contract and Pro Bowl selection in December. True to form, he averaged seven yards per touch and found the end zone in Honolulu. Charles enters 2011 as one of the most dangerous weapons in the NFL.