The Kansas City Chiefs have three players on the first-team All-Pro list in 2020.
Three members of the Kansas City Chiefs were named first-team All-Pro players by the Associated Press on Friday with the announcement of the annual NFL all-star teams. What’s a bit unexpected is that Patrick Mahomes isn’t one of the Chiefs mentioned.
Mahomes should be a second-team candidate given that Aaron Rodgers was honored with the first-team but those announcements weren’t made just yet. Instead, three Chiefs who did make it were honored in tight end Travis Kelce, wide receiver Tyreek Hill, and safety Tyrann Mathieu. Mahomes and defensive tackle Chris Jones were named second-team All-Pro candidates.
The Associated Press names their All-Pro teams every winter and it’s a higher honor than being mentioned for a Pro Bowl because there are fewer spots represented. Both conferences are melded onto one roster, and this year that meant only 18 AFC players in total made the first team.
Kelce enjoyed a banner year as he set multiple records for consistency and production—both league-wide and franchise—so it was a shoe-in that he would be a first-team All-Pro. In fact, the AP reports that he and defensive tackle Aaron Donald were the only unanimous choices among the 50 voters.
Hill and Mathieu were also voted in after turning exceptional seasons for the Chiefs in their quest to “run it back” in defense of their Super Bowl LIV victory. Mathieu led the team in interceptions with six, while Hill tied the franchise record for most touchdowns receiving in a single season with 15 (tying Dwayne Bowe‘s 10 year old record). Hill led the NFL in 14 yards/touch on the season.