With the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers going to the Super Bowl, the players from those teams that made the Pro Bowl will need to be replaced. Tamba Hali and Eric Berry were more than happy to accept the invitation to replace James Harrison and Troy Polamalu at their respected positions. The two Kansas City Chiefs players will join teammates Matt Cassel, Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe and Brian Waters. Matt Cassel was also a late addition to the AFC Pro Bowl team, yet again filling in for the injured Tom Brady. Back in 2008 when Tom Brady got hurt in New England, Matt Cassel stepped up and had a standout year leading the Patriots to an 11-5 record. Cassel got his job in Kansas City because of Brady getting hurt and now he gets to go to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl because Brady is hurt, but I don’t think you will hear Cassel complaining about it.
People in Kansas City felt like Matt Cassel got snubbed from the original Pro Bowl selection after throwing for over 3,000 yards, 27 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions with a passer rating of 93. Jamaal Charles was selected after having one of the best years a rusher in terms of yards per carry. His 6.38 yards per carry was second best only to Jim Brown who had 6.4 yards per carry. Dwayne Bowe lead the league in touchdown receptions and was second to only Arian Foster in total touchdowns (includes rushing and receiving). Brian Waters is making his 6th Pro Bowl appearance, some people argue that he got there this year strictly on reputation but either way he’s there. Tamba Hali was second in the NFL with 14.5 sacks and only trailed DeMarcus Ware in that category. Eric Berry becomes the first Chiefs rookie to be selected to the Pro Bowl since Derrick Thomas in 1989. Charles was also selected to the 2010-2011 All Pro Team. He joins Arian Foster in the backfield of a very big accomplishment for both of them.
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