Archive for Thursday, December 22, 2005

Chiefs land five in Pro Bowl

Shields, Roaf, Waters, Gonzalez, Johnson tapped

December 22, 2005


— Five Kansas City Chiefs players were named to the Pro Bowl on Wednesday, including offensive linemen Will Shields and Willie Roaf for the 11th time each.

Also headed for the game in Honolulu is tight end Tony Gonzalez, who is making his seventh straight appearance. Making his second straight trip will be left guard Brian Waters.

Going for the first time will be running back Larry Johnson, who burst into stardom this year and leads the NFL in yards rushing (1,019) and total yards from scrimmage (1,212) since Nov. 1.

It's the second consecutive season the Chiefs have had three offensive linemen selected - the first time that has happened since Dallas had three from 1993 to '96.

There will be only one brother act in the Pro Bowl this season: the Barbers. This will be the second straight year in Hawaii for the Barber twins, Tiki, the Giants' running back, and Ronde, the Tampa Bay cornerback.

The Mannings? Only Peyton made it, hardly a surprise because brother Eli has had a very up-and-down second season with the New York Giants.

So Eli, one of the leaders in the fan vote, ended up as a third alternate in the NFC when the players and coaches added their say.

Peyton Manning was one of an NFL-high seven Indianapolis Colts who made the group of 42 players from each conference announced Wednesday; the seven Pro Bowlers befit the Colts' 13-1 record. San Diego had six, including linebacker Shawne Merriman, one of two rookies to make it. Houston kick returner Jerome Mathis was the other first-year man.

Chicago and Atlanta led the NFC with six selections each, while the Giants and Seattle had five apiece.


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