With the NFL Pro Bowl fan votes in and counted, the NFL is making fans wait until the Pro Bowl Selection Show Dec. 27 on NFL Network when the teams will be announced at 6 p.m. Stay tuned to see if your favorite player has indeed made the distinguished list.
Packers signal-caller and the best quarterback in the NFL Aaron Rodgers received 1,581,982 fan votes to lead all NFL players in balloting, the NFL announced Wednesday. Fan voting ended on Monday, with a record 100.64 million votes. Rodgers was also named Associated Press (AP) male athlete of the year on Wednesday.
The AFC and NFC All-Star squads are based on the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 43-man rosters that represent the American Football Conference and National Football Conference in the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches are voting this week, with Thursday the final day of voting.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (1,454,311 votes) leads all AFC players and finished second overall, while New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (1,188,893 votes), Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin “Megatron” Johnson (1,180,777 votes) and New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (1,133,787 votes) topped out the highest vote-getters.
The Rams have a few players that may have a chance to make this year’s Pro Bowl. Running back Steven Jackson’s numbers don’t jump out at you, but he consistently gets the respect around the league from coaches and his peers, each and every game. Better known as double-nickel, linebacker James Laurinaitis is the bell cow of the defense and continues to make tackle after tackle leading the team with 120 total tackles and with his ability to play in space as a coverage defender, he displays his football instincts and athletic ability.
A third player is having his best season as a professional after making the move from right defensive end to left last year. Chris Long has played at a high level ever since the switch. The No. 2 overall pick in 2008 is currently having the best season of his young career with double-digit numbers in sacks totaling 13 for the season.
The 2012 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 29 and televised live on NBC at 6 p.m. (Central) from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.