Tamba Hali will be representing the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2012 Pro Bowl. Hali spoke to the media on Wednesday and confirmed that he will be making the trip out to Honolulu with LB Derrick Johnson to play in the game.
Last year, Hali was a first alternate behind LB James Harrison, who ended up playing in the Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hali elected not to play in the game, despite being eligible as an alternate, which meant he was not officially recognized as a Pro Bowler last year.
"It's satisfying to know that someone is recognizing you as one of the better players in the league," Hali said, via KCChiefs.com. "DJ and I, we do put in a lot of work in the offseason. Even though we don't speak to the media as much as we should, in the long run it's starting to pay off. Even though this feels good, we want to build on things like these."
Hali says his next step is getting the Chiefs back to the level where they "should be", which presumably means perennial playoff contenders.
As Josh Looney points out, the Pro Bowl will be a different experience for Hali as teams have to run a 4-3 defense and they can not blitz. So, actually, I'm not really sure what he'll be doing on the field.