Two more Kansas City Chiefs will be heading out to Hawaii to take part in the Pro Bowl going in place of two Pittsburgh Steelers players that will have bigger fish to fry: LB James Harrison and S Troy Polamalu.
Hali (6-3, 275) started all 16 games in 2010, setting a career high with 14.5 sacks to lead the AFC and rank second in the NFL. Hali also amassed 50 tackles (31 solo) and a team-high 19 QB pressures, while tying for the team lead with four forced fumbles. In addition, he produced 6.5 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. Hali was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in a 31-10 win vs. San Francisco (9/26) when he tied a career high with 3.0 sacks and added a forced fumble, two tackles and three QB pressures.
Berry (6-0, 211) started 16 contests in 2010, amassing 126 tackles (82 solo), a team-high four INTs with one TD, 13 passes defensed, 2.0 sacks, six QB pressures, a forced fumble and nine special teams tackles. Berry becomes the first Chiefs rookie to earn Pro Bowl honors since Thomas in ’89. He was the first rookie to lead the team in INTs since CB Dale Carter in ’92. His 126 tackles were the highest tally ever by a Chiefs rookie safety and were the third-highest mark ever produced by any Kansas City rookie. The Fairburn, Georgia native led all rookie safeties in INTs, and ranked second among NFL rookie safeties based on press box totals for tackles and pass breakups.
It’s good to see that one of the biggest Pro Bowl snubs you’ll ever find was taken care of in Hali. I don’t think there were four better linebackers in the entire league — forget just the AFC — this season than Hali. With little to no help, the AFC’s sack leader was a constant disruptive force.
Berry is in very special company, being the first rookie since Derrick Thomas to represent Kansas City in Hawaii. After struggling early on in his first season, Berry literally seemed to improve by the snap. Once the end of the season came along, it seemed he was around every play made in the secondary. I have to be honest though, if any of the Chiefs defensive backs would be going to the Pro Bowl, I thought for sure it would be Brandon Flowers. With six players now representing the team, it would appear Flowers is the final deserving Chief not making the trek.