We're running down our list of top 10 Kansas City Chiefs stories of the year and at No. 9 comes Tamba Hali. Like the Pro Bowl, he was snubbed from out original list of top stories (which we'll blame on Chris).
Hali's 2010 season was a surprise...sort of.
He made some leaps last year and turned into a player fans thought the Chiefs could build around. Opposing teams last year consistently pointed out No. 91 as someone they would have to key in on. So we knew he was good -- but not this good.
Fast forward to this year and we now know Hali is one of the best in the league. He didn't make the Pro Bowl but you could argue that he was the most important piece of the Chiefs defensive turnaround.
He's a fan-favorite because he quietly does his job and does it well. He's unsigned heading into 2011 so obviously that's a priority for the Chiefs because he showed in 2010 how vital he was.
Tamba Hali's rise in 2010 is our ninth biggest Chiefs story of the year.
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