The NFL Pro Bowl has a new “Fantasy Football” format this year, but another option could have been “Kansas City Chiefs vs. NFL”.
Okay, not quite, but the Chiefs will be represented in Hawaii next weekend. There were already eight players with tickets to the All Star game and now news comes of two more joining the crew.
Linebacker Derrick Johnson and quarterback Alex Smith both got invites on Monday and will play in Sunday’s game. Johnson is taking the place of injured San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman while Smith will play in place of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is dealing with ligament damage in his hand.
The addition of Johnson should come as no surprise considering he was one of the biggest snubs in either conference when the Pro Bowl rosters were first announced. The linebacker turned in arguably the best season of his already impressive career with 107 tackles, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and seven passes defensed.
Smith was fantastic in his first season with the Chiefs, leading the turnaround from two to 11 wins and a playoff birth. His season likely earned the free-agent-to-be after this coming season a new long-term contract with Kansas City.
In a perfect world the Chiefs wouldn’t have any players in the Pro Bowl, but instead they would all be preparing for the Super Bowl. But beyond that honor, it will be pretty cool to see such a large number of players from Kansas City in the spotlight Sunday in Hawaii.