RB Jamaal Charles Voted Derrick Thomas Award Winner, K Ryan Succop Wins Mack Lee Hill Award

Posted Jan 5, 2010

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Tuesday that RB Jamaal Charles was named the winner of the club’s Derrick Thomas Award and K Ryan Succop earned the team’s Mack Lee Hill Award. Both honors are voted on by Chiefs players and will be officially presented at the 40th Annual 101 Banquet on March 6th.

As a tribute to the late Derrick Thomas, the Chiefs annual Most Valuable Player Award was renamed in his honor following his death in February of 2000. The Mack Lee Hill Award is presented each year to the Chiefs rookie or first-year player who best exemplifies the spirit of the late Mack Lee Hill, who passed away during his second season with the Chiefs in ‘65.

Charles (5-11, 199) led the Chiefs in rushing yards (1,120), yards from scrimmage (1,417), combined net yards (2,342) and total TDs (nine) in 2009, registering five 100-yard rushing games. Over the season’s final eight games, his 968 rushing yards ranked second in the league behind only Tennessee RB Chris Johnson (1,047), while his 1,126 yards from scrimmage over that span were topped only by Johnson (1,388). Charles became the first player in NFL history to rush for over 1,100 yards on fewer than 200 rushing attempts, needing just 190 carries to become the ninth player in Chiefs history to record a 1,000-yard campaign.

The second-year performer produced four consecutive 100-yard rushing games to conclude the 2009 season, including a single-game franchise record 259 rushing yards at Denver (1/3/10). Charles compiled 361 rushing yards his final two games, the most rushing yards in consecutive games in Chiefs history. The first player in franchise history to register four TD runs of 40 yards in a season, he finished the 2009 campaign with a 5.89 yards-per-carry average, the second-highest single-season mark in team annals (min. 100 atts.).

A true multi-purpose threat, Charles returned the opening kickoff for a 97-yard TD in a 27-24 OT win vs. Pittsburgh (11/22), earning him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. In addition to 36 kickoff returns for 925 yards (25.7 avg.) and one TD, he added 40 receptions for 297 yards and one score for Kansas City in 2009. A third-round draft pick out of the University of Texas in 2008, Charles has played in 31 games (12 starts) for the Chiefs. He has rushed 257 times for 1,477 yards (5.7 avg) with seven TDs and caught 67 passes for 569 yards with two TDs. He has also returned 51 kickoffs for 1,246 yards (24.4 avg.) with one score. He owns six career 100-yard rushing games and one 100-yard receiving game.

Succop (6-2, 218) made 86.21 percent of his FGs (25 of 29), tying for the best FG make percentage by a rookie since the AFL-NFL merger (min. 20 atts.). He established a Chiefs rookie record with 25 made field goals, surpassing the previous mark of 21 established by Hall of Fame K Jan Stenerud in ‘67. He also nailed all 29 of his PATs to lead the team with 104 points, the second-highest point total ever accumulated by a Kansas City rookie, and the highest point total by any NFL rookie in 2009. Succop hit all 17 of his FG attempts from inside 40 yards in 2009.

As the 256th and final selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, Succop earned the title of “Mr. Irrelevant,” but more than proved his effectiveness. He connected on a career-long 53-yard FG in his NFL debut at Baltimore (9/13), the longest kick by a Chiefs rookie since Stenerud hit a 54-yard FG against Houston (9/9/67). He hit a career-high four FGs to help propel Kansas City to a 14-6 win at Washington (10/18). He also made three field goals in a 16-10 win at Oakland (11/15/09), including a 50-yard kick to give him a pair of FGs from 50 yards or more on the season, a figure topped by only K Nick Lowery. Succop recorded a season-high 14 points in a 44-24 win at Denver (1/3/10). The Hickory, North Carolina native joined the Chiefs after a stellar collegiate career at the University of South Carolina.

The 40th Annual 101 Banquet will be held on March 6th at the Westin Crown Center. The 101 AFC/NFC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year and 101 AFC/NFC Coaches of the Year will be recognized during the event, in addition to the Chiefs honorees. Tickets and sponsorships to the 101 Banquet are available by calling Premier Sports Management at (913) 681-6990.