Tamba, D.J. Hawaii Bound

The two players on the Chiefs roster who have had the best 2011 seasons were rewarded Tuesday with a trip to Hawaii and the Pro Bowl.

OLB Tamba Hali and ILB Derrick Johnson were named to the AFC squad for the 2012 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on Sunday, January 29, the weekend before the Super Bowl.

It was the first time for both Hali and Johnson. Vote totals are not given, so if there were other Chiefs players that were close to be recognized, we do not know at this time.

Hali is second in the AFC in sacks with 12 and combined with the 14.5 sacks he registered last year, he’s the best sacker in the conference over the last two seasons. He was selected last year as a replacement player, but had to beg out of that opportunity due to his own injury problems. Along with the sacks, the sixth-year product of Penn State also has 79 total tackles and 31 quarterback pressures.

Johnson established a new single-season tackling record this year, as he sits at 172 total tackles with one game to play. The first-round draft choice from 2005 out of the University of Texas also has 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 11 QB pressures. He was chosen the AFC’s defensive player of the week after the Chiefs victory over the Chargers on Halloween night.

Overall on the AFC team, New England and Baltimore had seven players selected, with Pittsburgh given five spots. Teams with three Pro Bowlers in the AFC were San Diego, the New York Jets and Oakland. The Chiefs were one of four teams with two players and there were four other teams with just one player selected. Two teams, Buffalo and Tennessee, did not have a player selected on the initial roster.

But remember the roster will change quite a bit, because players on the teams participating in the Super Bowl, will not play in the Pro Bowl and must be replaced by the league.

5 Responses to “Tamba, D.J. Hawaii Bound”

  • December 27, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Congratulations to both players. It’s a well deserved honor for both.

  • December 27, 2011  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    Congratulations to Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson! You both deserve the recognition for great work.

    Go CHIEFS!

  • December 28, 2011  - ED J says:

    Both guys deserving congrads. Flowers and Carr shouldve got in over Champ

  • December 28, 2011  - MarkInTexas says:

    These guys help to keep my faith in the Chiefs and the league. If the NFL was smart, the DJ’s and Tamba’s would be the face of the league.

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