Four members of the Kansas City Chiefs were recognized by their peers on Wednesday as quarterback Patrick Mahomes, tight end Travis Kelce, interior defensive lineman Chris Jones and punter Tommy Townsend each earned a spot on the inaugural "Players' All-Pro Team."
The honor – which was voted on by active NFL players and compiled by the NFL Players Association – is the first of its kind when it comes to all-star teams. It's the only "All-Pro" recognition that is sourced directly from active players, and to make the voting as fair as possible, players were not permitted to vote for themselves or their teammates.
Additionally, each player only voted for the positions that they either play or line up against. With all of that in mind, it should come as no surprise that the Chiefs were well-represented in each phase of the game. In fact, the Chiefs matched the San Francisco 49ers for the most selections of any team.
Mahomes earned his spot on the team after leading the NFL in passing yards (5,250), passing touchdowns (41), passing first downs (272) and passes of 25+ yards (49). He also set a new NFL single-season record with 5,614 total yards of offense (passing, rushing and receiving).
His favorite target all season long was Kelce, who hauled in a career-most 110 catches for 1,338 yards and 12 touchdowns. For further context, no other tight end topped 1,000 receiving yards this season while Kelce tallied his seventh 1,000-yard campaign in a row.
Defensively, Jones put together one of his best seasons as a professional in 2022. The veteran defensive lineman matched a career-best with 15.5 sacks, recording 13.5 of those over the Chiefs' final 12 games. He also racked up 77 pressures, which ranked fifth in the league and led all interior defensive linemen.
Finally, Townsend was nothing short of spectacular during his third season in the NFL. He led the league in net punting average (45.6 yards) and ranked second in total average (50.4 yards) while setting the franchise single-season marks in both categories.
All four players helped the Chiefs assemble a 14-3 record this season, and with the playoffs about to get underway, they'll aim to maintain that level of play as part of yet another postseason run.