The Chiefs contingent in Sunday’s NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu grew by one on Tuesday with the addition of quarterback Alex Smith to the talent pool.
Smith was picked as a replacement for New England quarterback Tom Brady, who joined Super Bowl QBs Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson as selected, but not participating.
That makes 10 Chiefs taking part in the league’s all-star game. Joining Smith from the K.C. offense are RB Jamaal Charles and LT Branden Albert, along with returner Dexter McCluster. Then, there are the half-dozen Chiefs defenders β NT Dontari Poe, LBs Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Derrick Johnson, CB Brandon Flowers and SS Eric Berry.
No other team has as many players participating in the Pro Bowl as the Chiefs, and in franchise history the only time they had more than 10 players named came in the first two years of the combined AFL-NFL all-star game in 1970 and 1971. In those two seasons, the Chiefs had 11 Pro Bowlers each year, including 7 future Hall of Famers in 1971.