Charles with the Cincinnati Bengals
|No. -- Free agent|
|Date of birth:||January 27, 1991|
|Place of birth:||Tampa, Florida|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school:||Tampa (FL) Plant|
|NFL Draft:||2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 116|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
High school career
Charles attended Riverview High School before transferring to Henry B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida for his Sr. year, where he was a teammate of Aaron Murray. During a recruiting visit to the University of Florida in 2008, Charles accidentally dropped the school's 2006 National Championship Trophy, breaking the Waterford Crystal football.  He played in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
In his rookie season, he played all 16 games starting 6 of them. He accumulated 8 receptions for 101 yards. His longest reception was 25 yards with an average of 12.6 YPC. In 2013 Charles played primarily at fullback; He played 13 games but started none and recorded one catch for eight yards.
New Orleans Saints
On September 23, 2014, Charles was signed to the New Orleans Saints practice squad.
Shortly before the 2012 NFL draft, Charles was arrested for a DUI.
On March 31, 2014, Charles was arrested for wanton endangerment in Richmond, Kentucky. Charles was pulled over by a police officer after another driver called in a complaint that Charles had shown a gun multiple times. In February 2015 Charles pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment and will enter a diversion program.
- Alabama's $30K BCS trophy shattered - 4/18/2012 - ESPN
- Georgia's Orson Charles Named Mackey Award Finalist
- Birkett, Dave (June 16, 2016). "Detroit Lions signing TE Orson Charles". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
- "Lions sign TE Clay Harbor, release TE Orson Charles". DetroitLions.com. October 4, 2016.
- "Bengals' Orson Charles arrested". ESPN.com.
- Saints TE Orson Charles pleads guilty in road rage incident - http://kickoffcoverage.com - 2/27/2015