CHIEFS LB TAMBA HALI, S ERIC BERRY NAMED TO 2011 PRO BOWL ROSTER
Hali and Berry join teammates Bowe, Cassel, Charles, and Waters on the AFC Pro Bowl squad
The National Football League informed the Chiefs on Sunday that LB Tamba Hali and S Eric Berry have been named to the AFC roster for the 2011 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. Both players will make their initial Pro Bowl appearance, joining Kansas City teammates WR Dwayne Bowe, QB Matt Cassel, RB Jamaal Charles and G Brian Waters on the AFC squad. The Pro Bowl will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday, January 30th.
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.
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