Favre Continues To Lead Pro Bowl Voting

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With more than 31 million votes cast by fans on NFL.com, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre (574,1999) continues to lead all NFL All-Stars in balloting for the 2003 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Wednesday.

Favre is just one of seven Packers players to lead NFC voting at his position. Matt Bowen (special teams), Earl Dotson (tackle), Mike Flanagan (center), Bubba Franks (tight end), Ryan Longwell (kicker) and Darren Sharper (free safety) also lead at their positions.

Ahman Green is 10th overall in votes received by offensive NFL players. Although he trails St. Louis' Marshall Faulk (403,786) and New Orleans' Deuce McAllister (372,905) in NFC voting at running back. Franks (360,583) is ninth among NFL offensive players.

On the defensive side, Sharper (129,461) ranks sixth in league voting.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe (491,644) ranks second overall while Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes (448,529) and tight end Tony Gonzalez (408,257) rank third and fourth overall. Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott (405,753) rounds out the top five.

The balloting, which started five weeks ago, has reached 31,197,464 total votes and is on pace to break last year's record of 43 million total votes. Voting continues on NFL.com through December 16. The squads will be announced December 19 on the 2003 Pro Bowl Selection Show on ESPN.

This year's NFL Pro Bowl All-Star Game will be televised live on ABC-TV at 5:30 PM ET (12:30 PM HT) on February 2 and will be played in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The consensus ballots of NFL fans, players and coaches each count one-third towards determining the 43-man rosters that will represent the American and National conferences at Aloha Stadium. Players and coaches will vote on December 16-17.

The NFL is the only professional sports league that combines voting by fans, players and coaches in determining its all-star teams. The NFL became the first professional sports league to offer online voting in 1995.

Fans may vote on the NFL's website, NFL.com, to help select the AFC and NFC All-Star Teams, sponsored by Motorola and RadioShack. Fans voting on NFL.com will also qualify to win a Pro Bowl prize package.

This season fans can also cast their Pro Bowl ballots through December 1 at more than 7,200 RadioShack stores nationwide. RadioShack will offer shortened balloting, presented by Motorola, which will allow fans to quickly vote for their favorite players in the quarterback, running back, wide receiver, defensive end, outside linebacker and cornerback positions. More than 94 percent of Americans live or work within five minutes of a RadioShack store.

All fans voting at RadioShack will be entered to win an "All Access" pass to the Pro Bowl. The "All Access" pass offers one winner a trip for two to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, including sideline access to practices, pregame and halftime courtesy of the NFL and Motorola. The winner will be announced December 19, on the 2003 Pro Bowl Selection Show on ESPN.

Listed below are the top ten offensive and defensive vote-getters, the top five rookie vote-getters and the players with the most votes at each position through November 18:

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

TOP-TEN OFFENSIVE

QB, Brett Favre, Packers, 574,199

QB, Drew Bledsoe, Bills, 491,644

RB, Priest Holmes, Chiefs, 448,529

TE, Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs, 408,257

FB, Mike Alstott, Buccaneers, 405,753

RB, Marshall Faulk, Rams, 403,786

RB, Deuce McAllister, Saints, 372,905

QB, Rich Gannon, Raiders, 368,977

TE, Bubba Franks, Packers, 360,583

RB, Ahman Green, Packers, 345,667

TOP-TEN DEFENSIVE

LB, Brian Urlacher, Bears, 223,890

IL, Warren Sapp, Buccaneers, 195,281

DE, Jason Taylor, Dolphins, 154,209

DE, Julius Peppers, Panthers, 149,006

FS, Rod Woodson, Raiders, 140,088

LB, Zach Thomas, Dolphins, 138,362

FS, Darren Sharper, Packers, 129,461

CB, Champ Bailey, Redskins, 128,518

LB, Ray Lewis, Ravens, 119,848

CB, Ronde Barber, Buccaneers, 115,743

NFL ALL-STAR TOP-FIVE ROOKIE VOTE-GETTERS

TE, Jeremy Shockey, Giants, 284,337

DE, Julius Peppers, Panthers, 149,006

TE, Randy McMichael, Dolphins, 127,383

PR, Antwaan Randle El, Steelers, 71,487

RB, Clinton Portis, Broncos, 52,554

NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS

QB, Brett Favre, Packers,574,199

RB, Marshall Faulk, Rams, 403,786

FB, Mike Alstott, Buccaneers, 405,753

WR, Terrell Owens, 49ers, 286,265

TE, Bubba Franks, Packers, 360,583

T, Earl Dotson, Packers, 84,753

G, Larry Allen, Cowboys, 94,055

C, Mike Flanagan, Packers, 112,318

K, Ryan Longwell, Packers, 192,381

KR, Michael Lewis, Saints, 137,155

DE, Julius Peppers, Panthers, 149,006

IL, Warren Sapp, Buccaneers, 195,281

OLB, Derrick Brooks, Buccaneers, 99,347

ILB, Brian Urlacher, Bears, 223,890

CB, Champ Bailey, Redskins, 128,518

SS, Sammy Knight, Saints, 79,698

FS, Darren Sharper, Packers, 129,461

P, Todd Sauerbrun, Panthers, 156,951

ST, Matt Bowen, Packers, 68,713

AFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS

QB, Drew Bledsoe, Bills, 491,644

RB, Priest Holmes, Chiefs, 448,529

FB, Mike Anderson, Broncos, 270,284

WR, Eric Moulds, Bills, 295,152

TE, Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs, 408,257

T, Willie Roaf, Chiefs, 83,074

G, Will Shields, Chiefs, 68,325

C, Tom Nalen, Broncos, 61,433

K, Morten Andersen, Chiefs, 234,488

KR, Chad Morton, Jets, 93,226

DE, Jason Taylor, Dolphins, 154,209

IL, Gary Walker, Texans, 78,562

OLB, Joey Porter, Steeler, 88,556

ILB, Zach Thomas, Dolphins, 138,362

CB, Patrick Surtain, Dolphins, 105,582

SS, Greg Wesley, Chiefs, 56,476

FS, Rod Woodson, Raiders, 140,088

P, Brian Moorman, Bills, 78,668

ST, Larry Izzo, Patriots, 57,546

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