You hear it and it might sound smug but there was not an ounce of that when he said it.
Just steel exhibited that any top-shelf NFL running back must seize when he is sent packing by his old team and must create new triumphs with his new one.
Adrian Peterson is feeling it in New Orleans, struggling to locate his nook. LeGarrette Blount is capturing it in Philadelphia. Eddie Lacy looks for more in Seattle. Marshawn Lynch scorched in his Oakland start and now fights a fizzle. Latavius Murray finally gets his crack this weekend in Minnesota.
Each is in a new place for different reasons, but like Charles, yearn to prove their old teams made a mistake. That it’s not over.
A few games later Smith returned, starting three more games before his shoulder kept him out again, this time for the rest of the season. Dilfer took over on Nov. 18 of that year again, but on Dec. 9 he was knocked out because of a concussion. Hill took over and started the next two games before he also was hurt, prompting Weinke to start the final game of the season.
Hill was the best of the 49ers’ quarterbacks that year with a Total QBR of 58.9.
When Colin Kaepernick first was seen sitting during the national anthem in the 2016 preseason, he made it clear that he was protesting oppression of black people and police brutality. Once Trump got involved and spurred so many players and owners to action, unity became more of the focal point.
And although the focus has shifted, and many of the demonstrations aren’t happening during the actual national anthem, that hasn’t stopped fans from being furious about it.
In Week 4, the Ravens kneeled before the anthem to pray together as a team. Their intent was announced in the stadium, but fans still booed making it clear their backlash wasn’t really about patriotism.