PORT ARTHUR, Texas — After 11 years in the NFL, Port Arthur native Jamaal Charles has decided to retire.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Charles said “After 25 years of playing this sport I love so much, and 11 years in the NFL I'm officially hanging up my cleats for the last time today."
Charles went on to thank his family, friends and community for all of the love and support shown to him.
His high school running back coach Joe Smith says Charles was one of those kids you couldn’t help learn from.
“Jamaal was a person that never gave up, he taught me a lot. He taught me that with hard work, a lot of good things could happen in your life," Smith said.
After graduating from Memorial High School, Charles went on to play ball at the University of Texas in Austin and then his dreams come true when he was drafted by the Chiefs in 2008. It’s a dream many of the kids coming behind him hope to accomplish.
"I touched a football when I was and I've been playing football every since I was young. I just want to hear them say Jatavian Neal, you've been drafted and that would make my day," Memorial junior Jatavian Neal said.
As Charles retires, his community has one more message for him.
“You'll always be someone special in my life," Smith said.