Favre Leads Pro Bowl Voting; Record 51 Million All-Star Votes Cast On NFL.com

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A record 51 million votes were cast by fans on NFL.com this year and Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre (930,270) led all NFL All-Stars in balloting for the 2003 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Monday.

With 13 fewer voting days than last season, NFL.com recorded 51,677,578 total votes, eclipsing last year's record of 43,957,135.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes (747,297) ranked second overall with Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe (733,754), Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon (673,740), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott (672,947) rounding out the top five.

Packers tight end Bubba Franks was ninth overall in NFC voting (603,753), while safety Darren Sharper was seventh among NFC defenders (224,572). Mike Flanagan led all NFC centers in voting (180,230), and Matt Bowen was the top special teams player (108,814).

Fan voting finished on NFL.com December 13. Players and coaches vote December 16-17. The squads will be announced December 19 on the 2003 Pro Bowl Selection Show on ESPN.

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.

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.

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.

This season fans also cast their Pro Bowl ballots at more than 7,200 RadioShack stores nationwide. RadioShack offered shortened balloting, presented by Motorola, which allowed 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 that voted at RadioShack were 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:

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

TOP-TEN OFFENSIVE

QB, Brett Favre, Packers, 930,270

RB, Priest Holmes, Chiefs, 747,297

QB, Drew Bledsoe, Bills, 733,754

QB, Rich Gannon, Raiders, 673,740

FB, Mike Alstott, Buccaneers, 672,947

TE, Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs, 657,418

RB, Deuce McAllister, Saints, 616,848

RB, Marshall Faulk, Rams, 607,554

TE, Bubba Franks, Packers, 603,753

RB, LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers, 572,571

TOP-TEN DEFENSIVE

LB, Brian Urlacher, Bears, 373,366

IL, Warren Sapp, Buccaneers, 325,978

DE, Jason Taylor, Dolphins, 263,108

DE, Julius Peppers, Panthers, 246,652

LB, Zach Thomas, Dolphins, 244,937

FS, Rod Woodson, Raiders, 235,020

FS, Darren Sharper, Packers, 224,572

CB, Champ Bailey, Redskins, 209,344

CB, Patrick Surtain, Dolphins, 187,730

CB, Ronde Barber, Buccaneers, 187,660

NFL ALL-STAR TOP-FIVE ROOKIE VOTE-GETTERS

TE, Jeremy Shockey, Giants, 513,088

DE, Julius Peppers, Panthers, 246,652

TE, Randy McMichael, Dolphins, 180,643

PR, Antwaan Randle El, Steelers, 102,575

RB, Clinton Portis, Broncos, 101,036

NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS

QB, Brett Favre, Packers, 930,270

RB, Deuce McAllister, Saints, 616,848

FB, Mike Alstott, Buccaneers, 672,947

WR, Terrell Owens, 49ers, 546,574

TE, Bubba Franks, Packers, 603,753

T, Orlando Pace, Rams, 141,810

G, Larry Allen, Cowboys, 147,745

C, Mike Flanagan, Packers, 180,230

K, David Akers, Eagles, 315,575

KR, Michael Lewis, Saints, 212,675

DE, Julius Peppers, Panthers, 246,652

IL, Warren Sapp, Buccaneers, 325,978

OLB, Derrick Brooks, Buccaneers, 169,656

ILB, Brian Urlacher, Bears, 373,366

CB, Champ Bailey, Redskins, 209,344

SS, John Lynch, Buccaneers, 128,286

FS, Darren Sharper, Packers, 224,572

P, Todd Sauerbrun, Panthers, 254,434

ST, Matt Bowen, Packers, 108,814

AFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS

QB, Drew Bledsoe, Bills, 733,754

RB, Priest Holmes, Chiefs, 747,297

FB, Mike Anderson, Broncos, 451,285

WR, Marvin Harrison, Colts, 546,144

TE, Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs, 657,418

T, Willie Roaf, Chiefs, 131,505

G, Will Shields, Chiefs, 109,898

C, Kevin Mawae, Jets, 101,178

K, Morten Andersen, Chiefs, 386,738

KR, Chad Morton, Jets, 150,222

DE, Jason Taylor, Dolphins, 263,108

IL, Gary Walker, Texans, 110,910

OLB, Joey Porter, Steelers, 142,459

ILB, Zach Thomas, Dolphins, 244,937

CB, Patrick Surtain, Dolphins, 187,730

SS, Ed Reed, Ravens, 73,304

FS, Rod Woodson, Raiders, 235,020

P, Chris Hanson, Jaguars, 121,641

ST, Larry Izzo, Patriots, 92,586

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