Chiefs’ Charles comes within .02 yards of setting NFL record

4 Jan

The distance is only 0.72 inches. If Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs had gained that much more per carry this season, he’d have unseated an NFL legend in the record books.

The explosive Chiefs running back finished with 6.38 yards per rush this season, an average which left him narrowly behind Jim Brown’s record of 6.4 yards per carry, set in 1963. (Other ball carriers have finished with higher averages — Michael Vick ran for 8.4 yards per attempt in 2006 and 6.8 this season — but not as running backs.)

That’s a difference of .02 yards, .06 feet, 0.72 inches, 1.88 centimeters or 18 millimeters. It’s less than the length of the “return” key on your keyboard.

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