Two More Chiefs Added To AFC Pro Bowl Roster

Posted Jan 23, 2011

Tamba Hali and Eric Berry bring Kansas City's 2011 Pro Bowl representation to six players

Two more Chiefs are heading to the Pro Bowl following Pittsburgh’s 24-19 AFC Championship win over the New York Jets.

Joining the AFC all-star squad in Hawaii are Tamba Hali and Eric Berry. Hali is filling in as an alternate for Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison, while Berry will replace safety Troy Polamalu.

Hali (6-3, 275) started all 16 games in 2010, setting a career high with 14.5 sacks to lead the AFC and rank second in the NFL. Hali also amassed 50 tackles (31 solo) and a team-high 19 QB pressures, while tying for the team lead with four forced fumbles. In addition, he produced 6.5 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. Hali was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in a 31-10 win vs. San Francisco (9/26) when he tied a career high with 3.0 sacks and added a forced fumble, two tackles and three QB pressures.

The Penn State product has started 79 contests with the Chiefs, posting 296 tackles (217 solo), 41.5 sacks (-258.0 yards), 58 QB pressures, an INT, 19 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. His 19 forced fumbles are third in Chiefs history behind LB Derrick Thomas (45) and DE Neil Smith (29), while his 41.5 sacks rank seventh in franchise annals. Hali is the first Chiefs linebacker to earn Pro Bowl honors since Thomas following the ’97 season. The Ghanga, Liberia native entered the NFL as a first-round pick of the Chiefs in 2006.

Berry (6-0, 211) started 16 contests in 2010, amassing 126 tackles (82 solo), a team-high four INTs with one TD, 13 passes defensed, 2.0 sacks, six QB pressures, a forced fumble and nine special teams tackles. Berry becomes the first Chiefs rookie to earn Pro Bowl honors since Thomas in ’89. He was the first rookie to lead the team in INTs since CB Dale Carter in ’92. His 126 tackles were the highest tally ever by a Chiefs rookie safety and were the third-highest mark ever produced by any Kansas City rookie. The Fairburn, Georgia native led all rookie safeties in INTs, and ranked second among NFL rookie safeties based on press box totals for tackles and pass breakups.

Berry was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for December/January, becoming the first member of the Chiefs to ever win that honor. He also tied for the NFL lead by being named a finalist for NFL Rookie of the Week accolades on five occasions. He registered his initial NFL score on a 54-yard interception return TD in a 31-14 victory vs. Tennessee (12/26). In a 27-14 win vs. St. Louis (12/19), he set career highs with three passes defensed and three special teams tackles. Berry joined the Chiefs as a first-round pick out of the University of Tennessee in the 2010 NFL Draft.

The Pro Bowl invite is the first for each player and brings Kansas City’s total representation to six members in this year's game. Joining Berry and Hali from the AFC West Champion Chiefs are Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Brian Waters and Matt Cassel.

Cassel was added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster earlier this week in place of injured Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Kickoff is slated for Sunday, January 30th at 6:00 PM (CST) on FOX.

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