Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is in the headlines following the team’s loss to the Denver Broncos. After the final whistle, Charles made his way over to Denver Broncos quarterback and future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and asked for his autograph. Because of the autograph, Charles is catching some heat from current and former NFL players.
Former Chiefs player Rich Baldinger was asked whether or not he would ask for someone’s autograph after a loss and he was not shy with his answer.
No,” Baldinger stated. “I don’t understand it at that moment. They were smiling and laughing after the loss like that today. I just think it just goes to show what this team’s about. I don’t know if winning’s really that important.”
Here is a photo of the meeting between Charles and Manning:
Should this be an issue? In short: no. Athletes, like those of us who watch the game, are fans themselves and have grown up admiring athletes that play the game before them. For Charles, he admired Manning long before he entered the league. This was just an opportunity for him to meet one of his idols — can we blame him for doing something any sports fan would do?
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster came to Charles’ defense and even gave his own autograph experience.
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