5 Chiefs earn Pro Bowl honors

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NEW YORK — In the midst of a resurgent season, five Kansas City Chiefs players have been honored with Pro Bowl selections.

Safety Eric Berry, linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, rookie cornerback Marcus Peters and tight end Travis Kelce have been selected to play in the NFL’s All-Star game that takes place in Honolulu on January 31. For Peters and Kelce, this is their first nomination. Houston and Berry received their fourth, and this is Hali’s fifth nomination.

Notably for Berry, this accolade comes just a year after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. He’s shown no ill-effects in the aftermath of his recovery, snagging two interceptions and making or assisting 58 total tackles.

If not for Berry, the most notable selection is arguably Marcus Peters, who’s angling towards Defensive Rookie of the Year with his play so far. The Chiefs reaped the benefit of many teams passing on him in the 2015 draft, and the 18th-overall pick is second in the NFL with seven interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. He’s also forced a fumble and has 58 combined tackles.

Hali has already eclipsed his sack total from 2014, posting 6.5 in 2015 with two games left to play. This is his fifth-consecutive Pro Bowl selection. His linebacker partner Houston is nursing a knee injury, but has 7.5 sacks and has returned an interception for a touchdown.

Kelce has been a reliable weapon for quarterback Alex Smith and the Chiefs offense. The third-year tight end has caught four touchdowns, and gained 822 yards on 65 receptions.

The Pro Bowl plays a week before Super Bowl 50 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Should the Chiefs win the AFC and advance to the Super Bowl, these five will not participate in the game, but will still be recognized as Pro Bowlers.