Chiefs Place 4 ON All-Decade Team

From Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

The Chiefs may have been shut out of the Pro Bowl, but they were well represented on the NFL’s All-Decade teams for the 2000s that was announced Sunday evening here in south Florida.

TE Tony Gonzalez, OT Willie Roaf, G Will Shields and Retuner Dante Hall were all named to the 53-man team that was voted on by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors.

Hall was the big winner, as he was selected as a kick returner and punt returner, the only player to be selected for two different positions.

Here’s how impressive the Chiefs four picks were – no other team in the league had more. Several others also had four players, teams like New  England, Indianapolis and Baltimore. All of those teams won a Super Bowl in the decade; the Chiefs did win a single game in the playoffs.

Joining Gonzalez as an All-Decade tight end was San Diego’s Antonio Gates. Joining Shields among the guards were Larry Allen of Dallas, Alan Faneca of Pittsburgh/N.Y. Jets and Steve Hutchinson of Seattle/Minnesota.

The other OTs with Roaf were Walter Jones of Seattle, Jonathan Ogden of Baltimore and Orlando Pace of St.  Louis/Chicago.

Joining Hall as a kick returner was Cleveland’s Joshua Cribbs, and joining him as a punt returner was Devin Hester.

As far as NFL All-Decade teams, the most Chiefs that made one of the previous teams was two players, with Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith in the 1990s and Bobby Bell and Jerrel Wilson in the 1970s.

Here’s the NFL’s team of the decade for the 2000s.

Position Name Team(s)
Quarterback Tom Brady Patriots
Quarterback Peyton Manning Colts
Running back Shaun Alexander Seahawks
Running back Jamal Lewis Ravens, Browns
Running back Edgerrin James Colts, Cardinals
Running back LaDainian Tomlinson Chargers
Wide receiver Marvin Harrison Colts
Wide receiver Torry Holt Rams, Jaguars
Wide receiver Randy Moss Vikings, Raiders, Patriots
Wide receiver Terrell Owens 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills
Fullback Lorenzo Neal Titans, Bengals, Chargers, Ravens
Tight end Antonio Gates Chargers
Tight end Tony Gonzalez Chiefs, Falcons
Offensive tackle Walter Jones Seahawks
Offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden Ravens
Offensive tackle Orlando Pace Rams, Bears
Offensive tackle William Roaf Saints, Chiefs
Guard Larry Allen Cowboys
Guard Alan Faneca Steelers, Jets
Guard Steve Hutchinson Seahawks, Vikings
Guard Will Shields Chiefs
Center Olin Kreutz Bears
Center Kevin Mawae Jets, Titans
Position Name Team(s)
Defensive end Dwight Freeney Colts
Defensive end Julius Peppers Panthers
Defensive end Michael Strahan Giants
Defensive end Jason Taylor Dolphins
Defensive tackle La’Roi Glover Saints, Cowboys, Rams
Defensive tackle Warren Sapp Buccaneers, Raiders
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour Patriots, Raiders
Defensive tackle Kevin Williams Vikings
Linebacker Derrick Brooks Buccaneers
Linebacker Ray Lewis Ravens
Linebacker Joey Porter Steelers, Dolphins
Linebacker Zach Thomas Dolphins, Cowboys, Chiefs
Linebacker Brian Urlacher Bears
Linebacker DeMarcus Ware Cowboys
Safety Brian Dawkins Eagles, Broncos
Safety Troy Polamalu Steelers
Safety Ed Reed Ravens
Safety Darren Sharper Packers, Vikings, Saints
Cornerback Ronde Barber Buccaneers
Cornerback Champ Bailey Redskins, Broncos
Cornerback Ty Law Patriots, Jets, Chiefs, Broncos
Cornerback Charles Woodson Raiders, Packers
Position Name Team(s)
Punter Shane Lechler Raiders
Punter Brian Moorman Bills
Kicker David Akers Redskins, Eagles
Kicker Adam Vinatieri Patriots, Colts
Kick returner Joshua Cribbs Browns
Kick returner Dante Hall Chiefs, Rams
Punt returner Dante Hall Chiefs, Rams
Punt returner Devin Hester Bears

2 Responses to “Chiefs Place 4 ON All-Decade Team”

  • February 1, 2010  - RatsoReily says:

    Dallas Clark .. Colts

    Casey Weigman .. Chiefs, Broncos

    Here are two that I’d want on my Team. So boot Antonio Gates and Ken Mawae. Though a Chief’s fan, I’m not sure Ty Law should be on this list. He had some great years but a decade?

  • February 1, 2010  - True Red & Gold says:

    Tony Richardson over Lorenzo Neal any day.

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