He's widely regarded as one of the best offensive guards in all of football, but for whatever reason, the Pro Bowl has been an elusive accolade for new Kansas City Chiefs' guard Joe Thuney.
Of course, receiving an invitation to the Pro Bowl is likely low on the list of priorities for a player like Thuney - who was an All-Pro in 2019 and has three Super Bowl starts to his name – but the man deserves to be recognized for his efforts, and according to NFL.com writer Marc Sessler, the Pro Bowl will right that wrong in 2021.
Sessler selected one player from every AFC team who could potentially make their first career Pro Bowl following the upcoming season, and in reading his analysis of Thuney, Sessler sounds pretty certain about this one.
Here's what Sessler had to say about the veteran guard:
"One begins this exercise by scanning a team's roster and looking for dudes who A) have unfairly been passed over by Pro Bowl voters or B) vibe as breakout candidates. I was caught off guard to see that Thuney -- a 2019 second-team All-Pro who's played in three Super Bowls and never missed a game -- has yet to make the Pro Bowl. That says more about the Pro Bowl than it does about Thuney, who now finds himself protecting Patrick Mahomes. You can already hear Tony Romo going bonkers over Thuney-themed highlights come September. That should be enough to grease the skids into Pro Bowl Land."
Thuney has been equal parts reliable and brilliant during his five-year career, logging the second-most snaps (5,252) among all offensive linemen in the NFL during that span while yielding just three sacks since 2018.
He's one of the best in the business, and while getting the Chiefs back to the Super Bowl is the goal, Thuney receiving a Pro Bowl nod would only mean good news for Kansas City.