Chiefs Honors: Jamaal MVP; Dontari MLH

It will come as small solace for Jamaal Charles and Dontari Poe that their teammates thought highly of their play in one of the worst seasons in franchise history.

But more than two months after the end of the disastrous 2-14 season, the sting is not quite as bad for Charles, the team’s most valuable player or Poe who was voted the Mack Lee Hill Award as the team’s top rookie.

The announcements on these honors were made on Saturday before the annual 101 Banquet.

Charles receives the Derrick Thomas Award as MVP for the third time in the last four seasons, missing only last season. He was one of the few bright spots in the ’12 season, rushing for a career high 1,509 yards on 285 carries, a 5.3-yard per carry average. He also established a new franchise record for longest run from scrimmage when he went 91 yards against the Saints in New Orleans. That scoring blast helped jump start a comeback for the Chiefs that led to the club’s first victory of the season. Charles’ performance earned him his second ticket to the Pro Bowl.

Over his career with the Chiefs since being a 3rd-round choice of the club in the 2008 NFL Draft, Charles has played in 65 games and run for 4,536 yards on 784 carries, a 5.8-yard average. Along with his receiving he’s produced 5,818 offensive yards.

Poe was the team’s 1st-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, going as pick No. 11 out of the University of Memphis. He ended up becoming the team’s starting nose tackle before the season opener and ended up starting all 16 games in the Chiefs defense. He had 38 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 3 quarterback pressures.

One Response to “Chiefs Honors: Jamaal MVP; Dontari MLH”

  • March 3, 2013  - txchief says:

    I’m happy to see Dontari Poe recognized with the Mack Lee Hill Award. I think that he may wind up being one of the few bright spots of the Pioli era.

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