Kansas City Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers has been named to the USA Today All-Joe Team, an honor named after, who else, a former Kansas City Chief.
The All-Joe team was created in 1992 by longtime USA TODAY NFL writer Larry Weisman as a tribute to Joe Phillips, a 14-year defensive lineman who did yeoman’s work for the Kansas City Chiefs that season. His effort in the trenches didn’t lead to much glory … unless you point to the 29 combined sacks of Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith, Kansas City‘s fifth-ranked defense or the team’s wild-card run. USA TODAY has honored the unsung Joes of the NFL ever since. Only players who have never been named to the Pro Bowl during their careers are eligible.
I am always a little surprised every time I remember, or am reminded that, Flowers has never been to a Pro Bowl. He’s so good, so solid every season but he’s never gotten over that hump. There are also a lot of very talented CBs in the league so it can be hard for a guy like Flowers to get noticed, especially playing in KC. I’ve had NFLN for about six months now and the only time I’ve ever heard them mention the Chiefs was when they were playing Tim Tebow.
Congratulations to Flowers for making the team. Let’s hope next year, he’s ineligible due to his Pro Bowl berth.