The NFL released the initial rosters for the 2012 Pro Bowl to be played in Honolulu, Hawaii next month and there are five players from the Kansas City Chiefs scheduled to make the trip.
That’s right, the worst team in the league, owners of just two wins, had five players selected to take part in the annual All Star game. That number could actually rise when players from playoff teams drop out.
For now the Chiefs set to represent the AFC are Eric Berry and Tamba Hali as starters and Jamaal Charles, Dustin Colquitt and Derrick Johnson in a reserve role.
After carrying an inept offense all season and on the heels of ACL surgery, Charles is obviously the most deserving Kansas City player. With one game left, the running back has picked up 1,456 yards on 271 carries including five touchdowns. He has also caught 34 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown.
Many — myself included — figured the list of Chiefs players headed to the Pro Bowl would start and end with Charles. But seeing free agent-to-be Colquitt recognized for the first time is a nice surprise. He’s been a monster this season with a franchise-record 42 punts inside the 20 while averaging over 40 yards (net) per punt, the second best of his career.
Johnson has been fantastic and one of the few bright spots on an underachieving Chiefs defense. If Charles doesn’t take home the team MVP award, it will be the linebacker’s to lose.
Though he’s been fantastic for the Chiefs throughout his career, it’s not hard to argue Hali’s play isn’t deserving of a trip to Hawaii. And the same could be said for the most surprising of the selections: Berry.
The Chiefs safety recently has started to once again resemble the player he was before last season’s knee injury, but Berry also turned in some ugly efforts early in the year.
It’s not often a team sends three more players than they have wins, but nothing about the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs season has gone as planned, so why should this be any different?