Barnett, Ferguson & Henderson Among Leading Vote-Getters For 2005 NFL Pro Bowl

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RECORD 61 MILLION ALL-STAR VOTES CAST ON NFL.COM

Packers linebacker Nick Barnett, wide receiver/kick returner Robert Ferguson and fullback William Henderson are among the leading vote-getters for the 2005 Pro Bowl, NFL.com announced Monday.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback PEYTON MANNING received a record 1,075,089 votes to lead all NFL All-Stars in balloting. Sponsored by Ameriquest Mortgage, Pro Bowl voting on NFL.com, in stadiums and via wireless text message ended on Friday, December 17.

There were a record 61 million votes cast on NFL.com - an 11 percent increase over the 55 million cast last year.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback DONOVAN MC NABB (993,530 votes) ranked second overall while Minnesota Vikings quarterback DAUNTE CULPEPPER (902,877), Eagles wide receiver TERRELL OWENS (900,220) and Seattle Seahawks running back SHAUN ALEXANDER (804,172) completed the top five. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER (690,306) led all rookies and finished tenth overall.

The AFC and NFC All-Star teams will be announced at 7 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, December 22 on the 2005 Pro Bowl Selection Show on ESPN. The Pro Bowl will be played in Hawaii on Sunday, February 13 and televised by ESPN at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

In addition to casting ballots on NFL.com and in stadiums, fans cast their Pro Bowl ballot and voted for their favorite quarterback, tight end, wide receiver, running back and kicker via their wireless device. To participate, fans sent a message with the text "NFL VOTE" to 69847.

Fans who voted for their Pro Bowl players were able to enter for a chance to win the Ameriquest Pro Bowl in Paradise Sweepstakes with a trip to the Pro Bowl. The Grand Prize includes an all-expense paid trip to the game in Honolulu and includes exclusive experiences such as the chance to throw a football with a Pro Bowl player, a tour of Aloha Stadium, sideline passes at the game and more.

The AFC and NFC All-Star squads are made up of the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group's vote counts one-third towards determining the 43-man rosters that represent the American Football Conference and National Football Conference in the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on December 20-21.

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.

Listed below are the top 10 offensive and defensive vote-getters, the top five rookie vote-getters and the players with the most votes at each position:

NFL ALL-STAR TOP-10 OFFENSIVE & DEFENSIVE VOTE-GETTERS

TOP-TEN OFFENSIVE

QB Peyton Manning, Colts - 1,075,089

QB Donovan McNabb, Eagles - 993,530

QB Daunte Culpepper, Vikings - 902,877

WR Terrell Owens, Eagles - 900,220

RB Shaun Alexander, Seahawks - 804,172

RB Tiki Barber, Giants - 792,163

WR Marvin Harrison, Colts - 722,477

TE Antonio Gates, Chargers - 705,751

TE Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs - 703,124

QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers - 690,306

TOP-TEN DEFENSIVE

DE John Abraham, Jets - 368,514

ILB Ray Lewis, Ravens - 281,341

OLB Derrick Brooks, Buccaneers - 272,842

ILB Brian Urlacher, Bears - 272,159

CB Champ Bailey, Broncos - 263,863

ILB Nick Barnett, Packers - 237,079

SS Ed Reed, Ravens - 219,067

DE Patrick Kerney, Falcons - 203,484

DE Jevon Kearse, Eagles - 197,310

DE Dwight Freeney, Colts - 195,572

NFL ALL-STAR TOP-FIVE ROOKIE VOTE-GETTERS

QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers - 690,306

WR Roy Williams, Lions - 158,967

FB Chris Cooley, Redskins - 150,600

CB Dunta Robinson, Texans - 122,177

RB/KR B.J. Sams, Ravens - 86,068

AFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

Offense

QB Peyton Manning, Colts - 1,075,089

RB Curtis Martin, Jets - 587,444

FB Jerald Sowell, Jets - 332,742

WR Marvin Harrison, Colts - 722,477

TE Antonio Gates, Chargers - 705,751

T Jonathan Ogden, Ravens - 190,876

G Alan Faneca, Steelers - 238,993

C Kevin Mawae, Jets - 206,565

K Adam Vinatieri, Patriots - 512,102

KR Terrence McGee, Bills - 163,857

Defense

DE John Abraham, Jets - 368,514

IL Marcus Stroud, Jaguars - 182,436

OLB Keith Bulluck, Titans - 191,749

ILB Ray Lewis, Ravens - 281,341

CB Champ Bailey, Broncos -263,863

SS Ed Reed, Ravens - 219,067

FS John Lynch, Broncos - 119,680

P Shane Lechler, Raiders - 251,192

ST Larry Izzo, Patriots - 115,837

NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

Offense

QB Donovan McNabb, Eagles - 993,530

RB Shaun Alexander, Seahawks - 804,172

FB William Henderson, Packers - 221,421

WR Terrell Owens, Eagles - 900,220

TE Alge Crumpler, Falcons - 573,769

T Orlando Pace, Rams - 164,254

G Larry Allen, Cowboys - 198,026

C Hank Fraley, Eagles - 157,320

K David Akers, Eagles - 680,644

KR Eddie Drummond, Lions - 315,936

Defense

DE Patrick Kerney, Falcons - 203,484

IL Kevin Williams, Minnesota - 185,509

OLB Derrick Brooks, Buccaneers - 272,842

ILB Brian Urlacher, Bears - 272,159

CB Lito Sheppard, Eagles - 186,029

SS Michael Lewis, Eagles - 101,947

FS Brian Dawkins, Eagles - 176,798

P Mitch Berger, Saints - 214,896

ST Robert Ferguson, Packers - 112,932

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