When the NFL kicks off the Pro Bowl on January 30, the Kansas City Chiefs will be represented by three players: Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles and Brian Waters.
Bowe is heading to Hawaii for the first time after establishing career highs in receiving yards (1,094) and TDs (15). He currently leads the Chiefs in all receiving categories and his 15 TD receptions currently lead all NFL receivers. Bowe has registered five 100-yard receiving games this season and established a Chiefs record by catching a TD pass in seven-straight games. He’s started each of Kansas City’s 15 contests.
Charles earns his first-career Pro Bowl invite after producing his second consecutive 1,000-yard season. He currently ranks second in the NFL’s rushing race, 56 yards behind Houston RB Arian Foster for the NFL’s rushing crown. Charles has also established career marks in the receiving game with 43 catches for 455 yards.
Waters received his fifth Pro Bowl invitation while serving as a key member of the NFL’s top-ranked rushing offense. Averaging 167.5 yards per game, the Chiefs have produced six 200-yard team rushing performances. He’s started all 15 games this season at left guard and briefly played left tackle as an injury replacement earlier this season as well.
Kansas City’s three invites are the least of any division championship team that the franchise has produced. The previous low for a Chiefs division champion was five Pro Bowlers on the 1993 squad. Ironically, that ’93 squad fared better than any team in franchise history since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970.
We can talk about the players that were snubbed — and likely to find their way onto the roster as others drop out — like Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, Brandon Flowers, Matt Cassel and anyone on the offensive line not named Richardson. Hopefully the focus will stay on the three players that are already being honored because they all deserve the spotlight.
Of the three, Charles is the most in need of recognition seeing how he is getting ready to wrap up one of the most efficient rushing seasons in NFL history. It continues to amaze me week in a week out how little love Charles gets from the national media compared to other backs that aren’t nearly as productive.
When Chris Johnson broke onto the scene for the Tennessee, you couldn’t turn on ESPN, CBS or FOX on a Sunday without getting some sort of feature on the Titans electric back. How many times has that happened this season with Charles?
I understand attention doesn’t win games, but it still bugs me that Charles hasn’t received more publicity for the season he has turned in.
With all of that being said, no matter how big of a spotlight has been or will be on these players, they are all deserving and should enjoy the honor.