Peyton Manning Tops Pro Bowl Fan Voting Ballot
Peyton Manning's comeback has led to the Denver Broncos to the AFC West title, and now, he's notched the most Pro Bowl votes from fans on NFL.com, the league announced Thursday (December 20).
According to ESPN.com, Manning topped the fan balloting with 993,045 votes cast on NFL.com, during a season where he's thrown 31 touchdown passes for 4,016 yards.
Fan balloting was closed December 17.
Behind Manning is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (908,099); Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (829,591); Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (828,225); and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (777,827).
Then, rounding out the top 10 were Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (683,943); Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (676,607); Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (646,273); New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (578,753); and Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (564,751).
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who is tied with the San Francisco 49ers' Aldon Smith for the league lead in sacks with 19½, received the most fan votes for a defensive player with 542,688.
Fan voting is just part of it though. It makes up one-third of the equation in determining the Pro Bowl teams and is combined with voting by the league's players and coaches, who will cast their votes Thursday and Friday.
The Pro Bowl teams will be announced December 26.