The Kansas City Chiefs had six players selected to the 2022 Pro Bowl in Las Vegas. The AFC roster features quarterback Patrick Mahomes, wide receiver Tyreek Hill, tight end Travis Kelce, left tackle Orlando Brown Jr, defensive lineman Chris Jones, and safety Tyrann Mathieu. According to Matt McMullen, The Chiefs had eight players selected as alternates to the Pro Bowl: Joe Thuney, Frank Clark, Tommy Townsend, Michael Burton, Charvarius Ward, Harrison Butker, and Trey Smith. Yes, that’s almost a complete starting roster.
Orland Brown Makes the Pro Bowl for the Kansas City Chiefs
The big three of Mahomes, Hill, and Kelce have been a staple at the Pro Bowl, but Orlando Brown Jr making the team was a surprise. I don’t want to say Brown was undeserving of the nomination, but he’s had a very mediocre season thus far. The selection of Orlando Brown Jr reminded me a lot of the Frank Clark selection last season. Frank Clark was in no way, shape, or form performing at a Pro Bowl level. It was laughable to see his name on a roster that was supposed to be filled with the best of the best. Popularity and influence unfortunately drive voting.
The Kansas City Chiefs Get Snubbed in the Pro Bowl
The Pro Bowl is a popularity contest. In a perfect world, the best players would be selected for each team, but that’s just not how it works. The voting for the Pro Bowl is decided purely by fans, which obviously leads to flaws. Creed Humphrey is a perfect example of this. He’s been undoubtedly the best center in football according to every important metric and Corey Linsey is starting over him. It’s not right, but it’s what the fans decided. The casual NFL fan might not even know who Creed Humphrey is. Name recognition could be the deciding factor in voting for a player at a lesser-known position. I believe this to be true in Orlando Brown’s case. Again, I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve it, but in my opinion, he hasn’t been the best-left tackle in the conference.
Outside of Creed Humphrey being snubbed, I completely agree with the voting. The Chiefs are sending the second-most players out of any team in the league. Only the Indianapolis Colts are sending more players to the Pro Bowl with 7. That’s an incredible accomplishment in my book. As Chiefs fans, we’ve become almost accustomed to having this many great players on the same team. This is something we most certainly can’t take for granted.
With that being said, my hope is that none of these Chiefs players participate in the actual game. The Pro Bowl is played every year prior to the Super Bowl. The two teams participating in the Super Bowl can’t send their players because they are too busy prepping for the big game. Over the past 2 years, the Kansas City Chiefs haven’t sent a single player to the Pro Bowl. Fingers crossed that same trend continues this year.