Chiefs Pro Bowlers Set for Fun in Hawaii

With the Super Bowl settled for nearly a week, the football world's focus now goes to Hawaii, as the annual Pro Bowl is set for Sunday evening. The Chiefs had five players named to the roster, but only four will be playing.

The Indianapolis Colts veteran Tarik Glenn replaced Kansas City offensive tackle Willie Roaf, who will sit the game out due to injury. Also on the team is tight end Tony Gonzalez, who was one of the bright spots on a lowly year for Kansas City.

Gonzalez will backup Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, after Gates came out of nowhere to take the NFL by storm. Both players are former basketball stars for their respective universities. Gates was named to his first Pro Bowl after he had 81 catches, 964 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.

Gates came to San Diego as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State in 2003. He caught only 24 passes for 389 yards as a rookie for the Chargers but thanks to an increased confidence in his abilities by San Diego Quarterback Drew Brees; Gates has a bright future.

Gonzalez meanwhile became statistically the third best tight end in NFL history in catches when he passed Kellen Winslow on Monday Night Football in December against the Tennessee Titans.

Another of the Kansas City main stays in Hawaii is offensive linemen Will Shields. He is a nine time Pro Bowler since joining the Chiefs as third round pick in 1993 out of Nebraska. One of the reasons for Shields' success in the NFL is his continued good health; he has only missed one game in his career and that was back in 1993. He has started 175 out of a possible 176 games.

Making his second start in as many years at the Pro Bowl is fullback Tony Richardson. He is the only fullback on the AFC roster for Sunday's game; William Henderson is Richardson's counterpart on the NFC side.

The fifth and final Chiefs player for Sunday's game is Kendall Gammon, who is making his first trip to Hawaii Sunday. Gammon is the AFC's long snapper and listed as a need player incase Gonzalez or Gates can not go Sunday.

After last Saturday's announcement on the 2005 Hall of Fame Class, rumblings still have spilled into the Chiefs community as to the reasons why Derrick Thomas was not elected. One thing is certain Hall-of-Fame voters can be fickle and that appeared to be the sentiment based on remarks posted after the final votes were tabulated. At the end of the day, the voters felt that he was simply not worthy of being enshrined in Canton, Ohio on his first try. Though some feel that Thomas was slighted, the biggest slight of all is the fact that Wide Receiver Otis Taylor remains out of the Hall-of Fame. He was not considered by the seniors committee this year.

Another NFL player who didn't make the first round was Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin, who was the other first time finalist who failed to convince voters that he belonged with inductees Dan Marino and Steve Young.

All is not lost for Thomas as he could be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. as another one of the honors the late great linebacker could get. As one of the qualifications to get into the College Football Hall of Fame is to be an All-American and he was named to the first team in 1988.

He also finished tenth on the Heisman Trophy balloting that same year, and was named Butkus Trophy award winner also in 1988. He also holds the University of Alabama record for sacks in a season as well with 27.

Thomas will certainly be on the ballot next season and his chances should improve after just coming up short this year.


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