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4 Chiefs who might be included on an Olympic football team

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If you’ve been watching the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, you might have wondered what might happen if American football was one of the sports that is part of the quadrennial competition.

CBS Sports writer Cody Benjamin spent enough time wondering about it to select a Team USA Olympic football team, which he published on Tuesday.

Four Kansas City Chiefs are on the team that Benjamin selected.

Team USA Football

Pos Player Team
QB Patrick Mahomes Chiefs
RB Derrick Henry Titans
WR Davante Adams Packers
WR Tyreek Hill Chiefs
WR DeAndre Hopkins Cardinals
TE Travis Kelce Chiefs
LT Trent Williams 49ers
LG Quenton Nelson Colts
C Corey Linsley Chargers
RG Zack Martin Cowboys
RT Lane Johnson Eagles
DE T.J. Watt Steelers
DT Aaron Donald Rams
DT DeForest Buckner Colts
DE Myles Garrett Browns
LB Fred Warner 49ers
LB Eric Kendricks Vikings
CB Jalen Ramsey Rams
CB Jaire Alexander Packers
CB Marlon Humphrey Ravens
S Tyrann Mathieu Chiefs
S Justin Simmons Broncos
K Justin Tucker Ravens
P Johnny Hekker Rams

Myself, I would have taken Chris Jones instead of DeForest Buckner... but opinions vary.

While the sport probably doesn’t have enough worldwide interest to become part of the Olympics — at least not yet — it’s still fun to think about. Now that Olympians are permitted to be professional athletes, current NFL players would certainly be eligible to compete — although given that it might conflict with the beginning of their team training camps, the timing of their Olympic participation might be a little tricky.

It’s also likely that after the rest of the world spent decades trying to compete against American basketball teams — which have won 15 Olympic gold medals in the 18 Summer Games in which they have participated — they might be a little leery about introducing another uniquely American sport.

Still... it’s intriguing to imagine Mahomes, Kelce, Hill, Mathieu — and if I had it my way, Jones — on the center platform as the “Star-Spangled Banner” plays.