Punter Dustin Colquitt made himself a promise regarding the Pro Bowl shortly after being drafted by the Chiefs in 2005.
"My rookie year I opened my mouth too wide and said I wouldn't go to the Pro Bowl unless I was playing in it," Colquitt said. "It took me eight years to crack the code."
Because he did, Colquitt has been in Hawaii this week preparing for Sunday's Pro Bowl. He is one of six Chiefs on the AFC roster. The rest of the group consists of running back Jamaal Charles, linebackers Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston and safety Eric Berry.
Houston, like Colquitt, is playing in his first Pro Bowl. Each of the others is participating for the second time.
Colquitt said he hasn't been hearing it from other teams' players this week that the Chiefs, despite finishing with a league-worst 2-14 record, have six representatives playing in the NFL's all-star game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Chiefs are the first NFL team with fewer than six victories to put six players on the Pro Bowl roster.
"You're talking about five really good players going to Hawaii," Colquitt said. "Jamaal Charles, I think he's a fantastic runner. You've got (Johnson), who is unloading on people. He's making a lot of tackles. (Hali) is one of those guys that you have to completely change your game plan before you go in and play him. I think every guy that we have that's going, you have to account for. It doesn't matter the record. You have to look at the individual."
Colquitt's appearance in the Pro Bowl this year stem from an apparent shift in the thinking of voters, who used to almost always selected the punter with the best average. Colquitt's average this season was 46.8 yards, the best of his career but only two yards better than his career average. He was still just ninth in the AFC in that category.
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