In one of the more unbelievable headlines around here since “Dewey Defeats Truman”, the Kansas City Chiefs placed five players on the AFC Pro Bowl roster. That is three more players on the roster than the team has wins.
Making the AFC roster were running back Jamaal Charles, linebackers Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson, safety Eric Berry, and punter Dustin Colquitt. Berry, Hali, and Colquitt are starters while Charles and Johnson were named as back-ups.
See the complete AFC and NFC rosters on NFL.com here.
Charles (1.456 rushing yds, 222 receiving yds, 6 TDs, 11 rushes of 20+ yards) and Berry (80 tackles, 12 assists, 1 interception) both made the Pro Bowl two years ago, but then suffered season-ending injuries in 2011 that kept them out of the game last year. That both players made it back after those injuries is remarkable.
Hali (49 tackles, 8 assists, 9 sacks, 1 forced fumble) and Johnson (119 tackles, 15 assists, 2 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles) return to the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive year. As most Chiefs fans can attest, Johnson has been one of the most consistent performers at a high level this season despite the atrocious play of the team as a whole. Hali started the season off with a one-game suspension and then struggled to regain his form early, but has performed much better as the season wore on.
Colquitt’s (75 punts, 3,514 yds, 7 touchbacks, 42 punts downed inside the 20-yd line) inclusion to the roster might be one of the bigger surprises because Oakland’s Shane Lechler has been the AFC rep at punter for a few years and generally punters keep making Pro Bowls year after year after year. But Colquitt has been nothing short of phenomenal with his punting all season.
For Chiefs fans, the fact that the NFL saw fit to honor five players on a team that only has two wins on the season (and barring a HUGE upset of Denver this Sunday, will end the season with 2 wins), there can be some solace to the fact that there is obviously a core of quality players to build upon and get back to being relative in the NFL.
Observant Chiefs fans will gladly point out that four of the five players were drafted by former club president/general manager Carl Peterson, and head coach Herm Edwards, while only Berry was drafted by current GM, Scott Pioli, whose job security is tenuous at best.
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