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Four Chiefs Named to the 2007 AFC Pro Bowl Squad

Dec 19, 2006, 5:45:17 PM

The National Football League announced on Tuesday that the Kansas City Chiefs will be represented by four players on the 2007 AFC Pro Bowl squad. G Will Shields will be attending his 12th Pro Bowl, tying Randall McDaniel for the most career Pro Bowl nominations. Shields was the lone Chiefs player to earn a starting nod in this season’s Pro Bowl contest. TE Tony Gonzalez will be making his eighth consecutive appearance, G Brian Waters will be making his third trip to Hawaii and RB Larry Johnson was named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad for the second straight time. Shields and Waters became the first ever guard duo from the same team to be named to three consecutive Pro Bowls. The annual AFC-NFC Pro Bowl will be played in Honolulu, Hawaii at Aloha Stadium on February 10, 2007.

Shields (6-3, 320) entered the NFL as the Chiefs third-round draft pick (74th overall) out of Nebraska in the ‘93 NFL Draft. He will be making his 12th straight trip to Honolulu as a Pro Bowl performer, extending his record for the longest streak of Pro Bowl appearances in team history. Shields’ 12th overall selection to the Pro Bowl is also a franchise record for the most Pro Bowl or AFL All-Star game appearances in Chiefs annals. Shields also won the 2003 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, the most prestigious accolade that an be bestowed upon an active player. Shields has started 221 consecutive games, the third-longest streak in the NFL since the AFL-NFL merger. His starting streak is also the second-longest active streak in the NFL and the longest in Chiefs history.

Shields was a three-time All-Big Eight choice and a two-time All-America pick at Nebraska. As a senior Shields won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman. He became the first player from the state of Oklahoma to play for the Huskers after an outstanding career at Lawton (Oklahoma) High School.

Gonzalez (6-5, 251) came to Kansas City as the club’s first-round draft choice (13th overall) in ‘97 and will be making his eighth straight appearance in the NFL’s annual All-Star Game. The only Chiefs TE ever selected to the Pro Bowl, Gonzalez joins Fred Arbanas as the only other Kansas City TE to earn a berth in the Pro Bowl or the AFL All-Star Game. Arbanas made five AFL All-Star appearances (’62-65 and ‘67).

The University of California product is the Chiefs all-time leading pass catcher with 714 catches and 8,622 receiving yards. Gonzalez also owns the franchise record with 61 career touchdown receptions and ranks second in club history in total TDs. Gonzalez currently leads the Chiefs with 66 catches for 812 yards and five touchdowns through the first 14 games of the 2006 season. His 66 catches are the second-highest total among NFL tight ends, while his 812 yards lead all players at the position. He has caught a pass in 97 consecutive games, the longest streak in the team history. Gonzalez has recorded 60+ receptions in a team-record eight consecutive seasons, the longest streak by a tight end in NFL history.

In 156 career games (140 starts), the Huntington Beach, California native is one of only three tight ends to lead his franchise in career receptions. His 714 career receptions, 8,622 yards and 61 touchdown catches all rank second in NFL history at the tight end position.

Waters (6-3, 318) joined the Chiefs in 2000 as a free agent, after originally entering the league as a rookie free agent with Dallas in ‘99. Waters is an alum of the NFL Europe League, starting every game at center for the Berlin Thunder in 2000. He will be making his third consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl. Waters has appeared in 98 career games (84 starts) for the Chiefs and had his streak of 79 consecutive starts ended after missing two games earlier this season at Miami (11/12) and vs. Oakland (11/19).

The sixth-year pro is part of a Chiefs offense that ranks eighth in the NFL in rushing offense, averaging 130.2 yards per game. The North Texas alum became the first undrafted guard to make the Pro Bowl since Nate Newton did it following the ‘98 season.

Johnson (6-1, 230) originally entered the NFL as the Chiefs first-round draft pick (27th overall) in 2003 and will be enjoying his second straight Pro Bowl appearance. Johnson is the first RB drafted by the Chiefs to make the Pro Bowl since RB Christian Okoye following the ‘91 season and joins Priest Holmes as the only two running backs in club history to make it in back-to-back years. With two games remaining, Johnson has already accumulated 352 rushes for 1,516 yards (4.3 avg.) with 13 TDs, as well as 36 receptions for 388 yards (10.8 avg.) and two TDs. His 1,516 rushing yards are the fourth-best seasonal mark in club history and place him second in the NFL in that category. After establishing the Chiefs single-season rushing record in 2005 with 1,750 yards, Johnson is tied for the NFL lead in 2006 with nine 100-yard rushing games. His 352 rushing attempts this year are the second-highest single-season total in team history and just 18 behind the franchise record of 370 set by Christian Okoye in ‘89.

In just his fourth NFL season, Johnson already ranks fourth in Chiefs history with 3,932 rushing yards. His 43 career rushing touchdowns rank third in franchise annals, while his 828 career rushing attempts place him fifth in club history. Johnson’s 34 total TDs also established an NFL record for most TDs over his first 20 starts, surpassing Seattle RB Shaun Alexander’s previous high of 24 scores.

The State College, Pennsylvania native led the nation in rushing and set a school record as a collegiate senior, rushing for 2,087 yards with 20 TDs.