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Charles hopes for warm reception from Chiefs fans in return to Kansas City

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Jamaal Charles will make his return to the city he called home for nine NFL seasons on Monday, and he's optimistic that fans will be happy to see him.

The 30-year old Denver Broncos running back is set for his first trip back to Arrowhead Stadium since the Kansas City Chiefs released him in February. Adam Teicher of ESPN described Charles as "more hopeful than certain" he'd receive an ovation.

"I gave it my all for the Chiefs," Charles said. "People think I'm a traitor just because I play with the Broncos but I was just trying to get a job. At the end of the day, I'm happy the Broncos kept that dream alive for me ... My heart is always going to be with the Chiefs, after I retire."

Despite numerous knee injuries leading to a great deal of time spent on the sidelines during his tenure, Charles remains the all-time leading rusher for the Chiefs with 7,260 yards. The running back hasn't appeared in more than five games in a season since 2014, but has managed to rush for 175 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries over four games so far this season.

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