62 MILLION VOTES CAST ON MORE THAN 1,654,000 BALLOTS
Green Bay Packers quarterback BRETT FAVRE, with 842,167 votes, leads all NFL All-Stars in balloting for the 2008 NFL Pro Bowl, NFL.com announced Thursday. Presented by Sprint, 2008 Pro Bowl voting will continue on NFL.com and on wireless phones with Sprint service through Tuesday, December 11.
There have been 62 million votes cast on NFL.com and on wireless phones with Sprint service using more than 1,654,000 ballots.
New England Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY (776,475 votes) ranks second overall while, Indianapolis Colts quarterback PEYTON MANNING (740,302 votes), New England Patriots wide receiver RANDY MOSS (606,238 votes) and Dallas Cowboys quarterback TONY ROMO (604,027 votes) round out the top five on NFL.com. TONY ROMO received the highest number of votes from voters using Sprint's service.
The teams will be announced at 4 p.m. (ET) Tuesday, December 18 on a special NFL Total Access 2008 NFL Pro Bowl Selection Show on NFL Network. The Pro Bowl will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday, February 10 and will be televised by FOX.
In addition to casting ballots on NFL.com/probowl, fans can cast their Pro Bowl ballot by sending the text message "PRO" to 7777 from a phone with Sprint wireless service to vote for their favorite players at select positions. Standard text messaging and data rates apply.
Fans who vote for their Pro Bowl players will then be able to enter for a chance to win a trip to Hawaii to attend the NFL Pro Bowl in the 2008 NFL Pro Bowl Sweepstakes sponsored by Sprint. The Grand Prize includes an all-expense paid 5-day, 4-night trip for the winner and one guest to the 2008 NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu. In addition to air transportation, ground transportation, hotel accommodations and two game tickets, the winner and guests will experience an insider tour of the sidelines and locker room at Aloha Stadium. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win. See NFL.com for details and official rules.
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 December 13-14.
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 overall All-Star vote-getters and the players with the most votes at each position through November 13:
NFL ALL-STAR TOP-TEN VOTE-GETTERS
QB Brett Favre -- 842,167
QB Tom Brady -- 776,475
QB Peyton Manning -- 740,302
WR Randy Moss -- 606,238
QB Tony Romo -- 604,027
RB Adrian Peterson -- 557,873
RB Joseph Addai -- 537,110
WR Terrell Owens -- 507,620
KR Devin Hester -- 446,643
RB LaDainian Tomlinson -- 441,624
NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS
QB Brett Favre, Packers -- 842,167
RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings -- 557,873
FB Tony Richardson, Vikings -- 146,238
WR Terrell Owens, Cowboys -- 507,620
TE Jason Witten, Cowboys -- 436,997
T Flozell Adams, Cowboys -- 270,909
G Leonard Davis, Cowboys -- 242,503
C Andre Gurode, Cowboys -- 235,052
K Nick Folk, Cowboys -- 197,013
KR Devin Hester, Bears -- 446,643
DE Osi Umenyiora, Giants -- 273,417
IL Tommie Harris, Bears -- 161,222
OLB DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys -- 286,382
ILB Brian Urlacher, Bears -- 252,640
CB Charles Woodson, Packers -- 263,551
SS Roy Williams, Cowboys -- 203,881
FS Sean Taylor, Redskins -- 187,064
P Mat McBriar, Cowboys -- 167,023
ST Brendon Ayanbadejo, Bears -- 167,116
AFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS
QB Tom Brady, Patriots -- 776,475
RB Joseph Addai, Colts -- 537,110
FB Lorenzo Neal, Chargers -- 340,064
WR Randy Moss, Patriots -- 606,238
TE Antonio Gates, Chargers -- 351,240
T Matt Light, Patriots -- 327,022
G Eric Steinbach, Browns -- 370,862
C Jeff Saturday, Colts -- 289,087
K Adam Vinatieri, Colts -- 122,875
KR Wes Welker, Patriots -- 112,216
DE Dwight Freeney, Colts -- 326,753
IL Albert Haynesworth, Titans -- 187,091
OLB Shawne Merriman, Chargers -- 252,320
ILB Tedy Bruschi, Patriots -- 217,487
CB Champ Bailey, Broncos -- 317,742
SS Troy Polamalu, Steelers -- 234,965
FS Ed Reed, Ravens -- 202,809
P Chris Hanson, Patriots -- 95,386
ST Larry Izzo, Patriots -- 190,823