The votes for the NFL's All-Pro team are due on Friday, and in researching the running backs this season, the following noteworthy statistic was found:
Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles finished second in the NFL in rushing with 1,467 yards and averaged 6.37 yards a carry. That's the highest average-per-carry by a running back with 1,000 yards or more since Jim Brown averaged 6.4 yards in 1963. Brown rushed for a then-NFL record 1,863 yards that season, a mark that stood until O.J. Simpson hit 2,003 in 1973.
Players have rushed for 1,000 yards in a season 544 times in NFL history. Only three of those times has a player bettered Charles' average. One was Brown. One was quarterback Michael Vick, who averaged 8.5 a carry in gaining 1,039 yards for Atlanta in 2006. The other was Beattie Feathers in 1934.
Charles was a third-round pick of the Chiefs in 2008. Not surprisingly, he bettered his season average when he faced Buffalo on Oct. 31. Charles rushed 22 times that day for 177 yards, an average of 8.04 a carry. Yes, Charles is going to be on this All-Pro ballot, which I write about in Sunday's NFL column.