KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Before Jamaal Charles could hit the town Friday night to celebrate his 27th birthday, he received an invitation to another party. This one is in Hawaii.
Charles was one of eight Chiefs voted into the Pro Bowl. The 49ers matched the Chiefs with an NFL-best eight selections. Charles was third in voting among fans. Only Peyton Manning and Drew Brees received more votes.
Charles leads the AFC with 1,287 yards rushing. He is 20 yards shy of 2,000 combined yards. He could easily break 2,000 on Sunday in San Diego. But he’s not expected to see much action because Andy Reid says he plans to rest his starters for the playoffs.
“It showed how hard I worked and how hard work pays off,” Charles said. “It’s an honor to have another Pro Bowl season, and I want to thank coach (Andy) Reid for putting me in this position and for giving me the ball like this.”
Charles, OLB Tamba Hali and S Eric Berry are all 3-time selections. OLB Justin Houston was picked for the second straight season. This will be the first Pro Bowl for LT Branden Albert, CB Brandon Flowers, punt return specialist Dexter McCluster and DT Dontari Poe.
The Pro Bowl is January 26th at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, a week before the Super Bowl at New York’s Met Life Stadium.