Last year, a 4-12 season did not produce a single member of the Chiefs in the Pro Bowl.
This year, thanks to a 10-5 record and an AFC West title three members of the Chiefs offense are headed Hawaii for the NFL’s annual all-star game.
LG Brian Waters, WR Dwayne Bowe and RB Jamaal Charles were selected in voting by fellow players, coaches and the fans for the AFC team. They are all backups.
For Waters this is his fifth appearance in the Pro Bowl, as he was selected in the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008 seasons.
Bowe and Charles are making their first appearances in the game. Bowe is the Chiefs first wide receiver to appear on the AFC team since Andre Rison in 1997. Charles follows in the footsteps of Priest Holmes (2001-03), Tony Richardson (2003-04) and Larry Johnson (2005-06).
The game will return to Aloha Stadium in Honolulu this year, after being played in south Florida last January. It’s scheduled for January 30, the Sunday before the Super Bowl in Dallas.
Here’s the AFC team (starters in bold):
- Quarterbacks β Tom Brady, New England; Philip Rivers, San Diego; Peyton Manning, Indianapolis.
- Running backs β Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville; Arian Foster, Houston; Jamaal Charles, Chiefs.
- Fullback β Vonta Leach, Houston.
- Wide receiver β Andre Johnson, Houston; Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis; Brandon Lloyd, Denver; Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs.
- Tight end β Antonio Gates, San Diego; Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville.
- Tackle β Jake Long, Miami; Joe Thomas, Cleveland; D’Brickashaw Ferguson, N.Y. Jets.
- Guard β Kris Dielman, San Diego; Logan Mankins, New England; Brian Waters, Chiefs.
- Center β Nick Mangold, N.Y. Jets; Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh.
- End β Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis; Robert Mathis, Indianapolis; Jason Babin, Tennessee.
- Tackle β Haloti Ngata, Baltimore; Vince Wilfork, New England; Richard Seymour, Oakland.
- Outside linebacker β James Harrison, Pittsburgh; Cameron Wake, Miami; Terrell Suggs, Baltimore.
- Inside linebacker β Ray Lewis, Baltimore; Jerod Mayo, New England.
- Cornerback β Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland; Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets; Devin McCourty, New England.
- Safeties β Ed Reed, Baltimore; Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh; Brandon Meriweather, New England.
- Punter β Shane Lechler, Oakland.
- Kicker β Billy Cundiff, Baltimore.
- Kick returner β Marc Mariani, Tennessee.
- Special teamer β Montell Owens, Jacksonville.