Jamaal Charles might be the National Football League's least appreciated superstar running back even though fantasy football league owners love having him and he is one of the highest paid running backs in the league.
Since the start of the 2013 regular season he has scored over 25 touchdowns, the most in the league. In 2014, his team, the Kansas City Chiefs have won four games and lost three. In the games they have won in which he has played he has accumulated over 100 total yards running and receiving while in the games they have lost (not including the Denver game in which he was injured) that has not been the case as he has accumulated less than 100 yards.
The reason people ask if he is truly appreciated both throughout the league and by his own coaching staff is the number of 'touches' he receives during a game and the attention devoted to him by the national press.
Running backs usually get better the more often they touch the ball but it is almost as if there is a 'pitch' count being used for Jamaal Charles as he has yet this season to touch the ball more than 24 times in a game. This would be understandable if one were talking about a 'good' back but he was the AFC rushing leader in 2013 and is one of the few players in the National Football League who is a matchup nightmare for every opponent because of his unique combination of speed and strength.
As for his national media attention, it is amazing that a player who led the AFC in rushing and is one of the few Marshall Faulk Hall of Fame 'clones' receives so little attention.
The Kansas City Chiefs have arguably one of the most potent offensive position players in the entire league on their team and yet in 2014 there has been very little attention media attention directed toward him as a star player on and off the field.
Superstar running backs are similar to luxury vehicles, if you don't use them often then sometimes when you might need them to perform at their best they can't because they have not been prepared for the occasion. Just a thought from some social media entertainment observers (not fantasy team owners) who wish Jamaal Charles was a running back on their National Football teams.