FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 21: Tamba Hali #91 and Wallace Gilberry #92 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrate a sack of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the second quarter on November 21, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
We have a rare media appearance from Kansas City Chiefs LB Tamba Hali, who spoke to reporters following the first day of the Chiefs mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. Nothing ground-breaking from Hali but I enjoy hearing from him because we don't get that chance very often.
Hali was asked about playing in the Pro Bowl -- that's how long it's been since he's talked -- and said it was pretty cool meeting some of the other NFL stars.
"It was fun. I got a chance to see some of the better players in this league, go against them and compare yourself and actually talk to guys like Dwight Freeney who has been an elite pass rusher in this league, one of my favorite guys, just talking to him and seeing where his mind is and how he prepares for games and vice versa. Being around those guys was a great experience."
That's pretty neat that Hali has guys in the league he looks up to considering he's one of the better pass rushers in the NFL. You don't think about who some of the best players in the league look up to.
Hali also acknowledged that things like the Pro Bowl and the NFL Network top 100 rankings (voted on by players) does mean something to him.
"Yeah, guys looking at me and ranking me somewhere and saying that this guy does his job, it means a lot. These are your colleagues, that's how they feel about you, so it means a lot."
I'm glad he admitted that stuff was important to him. Some players say it doesn't matter but it has to be very cool to be voted on by your peers as one of the best at what you do.