Jamaal Charles Named Chiefs MVP; Dontari Poe Is Rookie Of The Year

Arrowhead in redJamaal Charles, who rushed for 1,509 yards in 2012, has been named the Derrick Thomas Award winner as the Chiefs’ Most Valuable Player.

Charles was a consistent bright spot in Kansas City’s 2-14 season. His 91-yard touchdown run against the Saints in Week 3 sparked Kansas City to its first victory.

Charles went to the Pro Bowl after knee surgery had forced him to miss most of the 2011 season.

Nose tackle Dontari Poe received the Mack Lee Hill award as the club’s Rookie of the Year. Poe, the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft, came on strong as the season progressed and finished with 38 tackles, including 28 that were unassisted.

Kansas City also announced that former defensive back Gary Barbaro will be the newest inductee into the Chiefs’ Hall of Fame. Barbaro, a three-time Pro Bowler, played for the Chiefs from 1976 through 1982.