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K.C.’s Roaf, Shields, Waters, Gonzalez, Richardson tapped

December 23, 2004

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— Not one of the three Kansas City running backs who made NFL history by each going over 150 yards in a game this season is going to the Pro Bowl.

The core of their offensive line is headed for Hawaii, though. Left tackle Willie Roaf and guards Will Shields and Brian Waters all were named to the NFL Pro Bowl on Wednesday.

Joining them are fullback Tony Richardson, another blocking specialist, and tight end Tony Gonzalez.

It's the 10th year in a row for Shields and Roaf -- longer than many players even last in the league, let along remain at the highest level. Only nine other players in league history have been selected to as many as 10 Pro Bowls.

"I never thought about getting to the Pro Bowl coming into the NFL," Roaf said. "That's something I'm very proud of."

Shields, taken in the third round in 1993, has been a quiet leader of what is known as perhaps the best offensive line in the league. It's the first time a team has had three Pro Bowl offensive linemen since Denver in 1998. No team has had both guards go to the Pro Bowl in the same year since Dallas in the 1996 season.

"It's always special," Shields said. "It's an opportunity to be honored by guys you play against. That's one of the highest honors in the league besides, of course, being in the Super Bowl -- being able to say your peers and other people who watch you play think you're one of the better guys in the league."

With their blockers blazing the way, the Chiefs have had one of the NFL's most productive offenses three years in a row. Priest Holmes, Derrick Blaylock and Larry Johnson all had games of over 150 yards rushing this year, marking the first time in league history.

In another game, Kansas City set an NFL record by scoring eight touchdowns rushing.

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