Chiefs Need Bigger Bus for Hawaii

The traveling party for the Chiefs at the Pro Bowl this week grew from four to six on Sunday when the NFL told the team that OLB Tamba Hali and SS Eric Berry would be jumping into the game to fill spots on the AFC roster for members of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

When the Steelers beat the Jets and punched their ticket to the Super Bowl, that pulled all of their players out of the game. Hali will take the place of LB James Harrison, while Berry, the fifth overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, replaces S Troy Polamalu.

Along with RB Jamaal Charles, QB Matt Cassel, WR Dwayne Bowe and LG Brian Waters that’s now six members of the Chiefs that will take part in the game. The last time the Chiefs had that many players in the game was the 2005 Pro Bowl when TE TOny Gonzalez, QB Trent Green, RB Larry Johnson, OT Willie Roaf, G Will Shields and Waters made the game..

Berry is the first Chiefs rookie to make the all-star game since LB Derrick Thomas in 1989. Hali is the first Chiefs LB to make the game since Thomas in 1997.

5 Responses to “Chiefs Need Bigger Bus for Hawaii”

  • January 24, 2011  - Michael says:

    I’m really happy to hear this. It didn’t make sense not having anyone from the Chiefs defense make the Pro Bowl, and Hali was the big omission. If he stays healthy and on pace in his learning curve, this should be an annual trip for Berry. I still think Flowers and D. Johnson could have easily been chosen for the Pro Bowl roster, too.

    All these guys going to the Pro Bowl, along with Albert, Lilja, Moeaki, Wiegmann (for as long as he stays)Dorsey, D. Johnson, Flowers and Carr form an excellent core for the Chiefs moving forward.

  • January 24, 2011  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    Great news! I am happy for them, as they both worked their tails off this season.

    Go CHIEFS!

  • January 24, 2011  - Pat says:

    I’m not sure how I feel about Berry going to the pro bowl. Don’t get me wrong, I think he had a very promising rookie season, and as he develops and gets smarter, he could be one of the best safeties in the league. But I really didn’t think his season was THAT great. He had some pretty serious coverage blows–usually one or two a game that gave up big yards and some touchdowns.

    I mean, I love seeing more Chiefs getting to go, but I would have been happier if it had been DJ or Flowers making it instead.

  • January 24, 2011  - Edward says:

    Proud these guys got chosen. Like I said we have much more talented team then sometimes even Bob gives credit for. Alot of these guys are really developing. And for us to now have 6 pro bowl players going speaks volume of that.

  • January 24, 2011  - Michael says:

    I was a little suprised at Berry, too. He made his share of rookie mistakes, but also made some fantastic plays-that INT for a touchdown, I think it was against Buffalo-beautiful. He made some very big, and timely, plays. Heck of a lot in the run game, too. I don’t know, I haven’t really looked at the other safety candidates, but I wouldn’t say he’s too much out of place. And as you said, always good when Chiefs make it.

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