Last week the Kansas City Chiefs had eight players selected to the Pro Bowl. Today five of those eight players were given an even bigger honor and named to the 2013 AP All-Pro team.
Getting the biggest nod from the 50 voters were running back Jamaal Charles and safety Eric Berry, who were both named to the first team. Kick returner Dexter McCluster, defensive tackle Dontari Poe and linebacker Tamba Hali landed on the second team, a huge achievement in itself.
Charles shares his honor with LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles. The two Andy Reid backs managed to beat out the Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson. Joining Berry on the first team at safety is Seattle Seahawks star Earl Thomas, who is a good friend of Charles.
Poe was amazing this year, but it’s hard to feel bad about him getting beat out for first team by Gerald McCoy and Ndamukong Suh. The second-year defensive tackle shares second team honors with three other players and an argument could easily be made that he was the best of the bunch this season.
Sharing second team with Ahmad Brooks of the San Francisco 49ers, Hali has put up 11 sacks, including a dominating five game stretch in which brought down the quarterback nine times.
McCluster is the only kick returner on the second team and was beat out by Minnesota’s Cordarrelle Patterson. The All-Pro honor for McCluster comes a day after the NFL named him as the AFC special teams player of December.
As amazing as it is to get five players named All-Pro, just like the Pro Bowl voting, there was a huge omission. There’s no excuse for Derrick Johnson to not constantly mentioned among the best linebackers in the league after arguably his best season. First team All-Pro may have been too much to ask, but second team should have been a no brainer.