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Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Johnson, Welker lead Pro Bowl voting

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees shake hands after their NFL football game in Green Bay Reuters

Fan voting for the Pro Bowl has come to an end, with more than 100 million votes cast, and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the way.

Rodgers received 1,581,982 fan votes, the most of any player in the league. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was second with 1,454,311 votes, followed by Saints quarterback Drew Brees (1,188,893 votes), Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (1,180,777 votes) and Patriots receiver Wes Welker (1,133,787 votes).

Among defensive players, the leading vote-getter was Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, who had 784,527 votes. On special teams, the top vote-getter was Bears return man Devin Hester, who had 268,293 votes.

The popularity of the Packers was evident in Pro Bowl voting: In addition to Rodgers, Green Bay had the NFC’s vote leader at fullback (John Kuhn), tackle (Chad Clifton), guard (T.J. Lang), center (Scott Wells), kicker (Mason Crosby), cornerback (Charles Woodson), free safety (Morgan Burnett) and special teamer (Jarrett Bush).

NFL players and coaches are voting on Pro Bowl rosters today and tomorrow, and the rosters are chosen through a process that gives equal weight to the players’ votes, the coaches’ votes and the fans’ votes.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday on NFL Network. The Pro Bowl will take place on the Sunday before the Super Bowl, January 29 in Honolulu. Players on the two Super Bowl teams will not participate in the Pro Bowl.

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50 Responses to “Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Johnson, Welker lead Pro Bowl voting”
  1. boisestatewhodat says: Dec 21, 2011 3:52 PM

    Brees is by far the best of the players mentioned…just check his stats and body of work over the past 6 seasons…unmatched by any qb currently playing.

  2. picksix401 says: Dec 21, 2011 3:54 PM

    if Hester was the top vote-getting special teams player, and if the bears are in the NFC, how is Jarrett Bush the top ‘special teamer’ vote-getter in the NFC?

  3. sbxxix says: Dec 21, 2011 3:55 PM

    I expect to see Aldon Smith, Justin Smith and Patrick Willis in the Pro Bowl. It would be a slap in the face to the 49ers if those guys didn’t make it

  4. beedubyatoo says: Dec 21, 2011 4:00 PM

    “Brees is by far the best of the players mentioned…just check his stats and body of work over the past 6 seasons…unmatched by any qb currently playing”
    ————————-

    Yeah, and for the period of 1985-1990, Joe Montana was better than any qb. You can look it up.

  5. beedubyatoo says: Dec 21, 2011 4:01 PM

    T. J. Lang? Seriously?

    And I’m a Packer fan.

  6. stavreafavre says: Dec 21, 2011 4:03 PM

    As a Packer fan, allow me to admit that all of those Packer votes with the exception of Rodgers and possibly Kuhn are indefensible, just wrong, and frankly embarrassing.

  7. xxwhodatxx says: Dec 21, 2011 4:05 PM

    The pro bowl is a popularity contest nothing more. While it features most of the best players the really good not so popular ones are usually left out.

  8. medtxpack says: Dec 21, 2011 4:07 PM

    @boisestatewhodat

    theres poison in your water dude.

    Brees is GREAT but so is Brady and Rodgers, and both of them are better. You can talk all you want about how many yards Brees has, but he should, he has over 100+ more tosses than Rodgers or Brady, yet they dont lead the league in scoring. Brees is good for New Orleans but hes not gonna make them a dynasty team and hes arguably not one of the top 3 QBs in the league.

  9. nowillrepeat says: Dec 21, 2011 4:12 PM

    Brees is by far the best of the players mentioned…just check his stats and body of work over the past 6 seasons…unmatched by any qb currently playing.
    —————————————————
    Look up the stats. This man speaks the truth!!

    It’s actually the greatest 6 yr stretch by a qb in nfl history. Fact

  10. xxsweepthelegxx says: Dec 21, 2011 4:15 PM

    Brees is by far the best of the players mentioned…just check his stats and body of work over the past 6 seasons…unmatched by any qb currently playing.

    ———————

    wins? But that’s not important

  11. thekiy says: Dec 21, 2011 4:16 PM

    Going to be interesting to see who gets that 3rd QB spot for the NFC.

    Eli? Stafford? Romo?

  12. bozz2006 says: Dec 21, 2011 4:22 PM

    picksix, I’d imagine that returner is a distinct position apart from your generic special teamer. Kickers and punters are technically special teasers too.

  13. bozz2006 says: Dec 21, 2011 4:23 PM

    And if they don’t get in, sbxxix, don’t get bent out of shape. The Pro Bowl is a joke. An absolute joke. This, coming from a Packer fan.

  14. rooney24 says: Dec 21, 2011 4:29 PM

    picksix401 says:
    Dec 21, 2011 3:54 PM
    if Hester was the top vote-getting special teams player, and if the bears are in the NFC, how is Jarrett Bush the top ‘special teamer’ vote-getter in the NFC?

    ————

    In this case, I believe special teamer refers to the position of guys that play on the coverage teams for special teams, not the return guys.

  15. noeffinway says: Dec 21, 2011 4:33 PM

    They must have had a special promo going at lambeau : “We will place one pro bowl vote for everyone on the team for every beer and brat you buy”………”in the first 5 minutes of this game only”. If you saw the average fan at lambeau you would understand.

  16. joecb91 says: Dec 21, 2011 4:44 PM

    The Packers backups were also written in as starters in the AFC Fan vote.

  17. grogansheroes says: Dec 21, 2011 4:44 PM

    If there were 100 million votes cast, how come the most votes is less than 2m? I mean, I’m a Pats fan and I think Rogers is the best QB right now. Shouldn’t he have 50m votes? Because you vote for a qb, can’t you also vote on a running back?

  18. boisestatewhodat says: Dec 21, 2011 4:48 PM

    xxsweep…if you wanna talk wins. The Saints post the highest winning percentage of any team in the NFC since 2006 (when Brees came to town). This year the Packers (presumably your team and a good one at that), have 2 more wins than the Saints…lets not paint the picture like its some enormous margin.

  19. gcsuk says: Dec 21, 2011 4:48 PM

    Still a joke that JPP and Victor Cruz can’t even get a vote from the fans.

  20. comeonnowguys says: Dec 21, 2011 4:48 PM

    Seriously, Pro Bowl doesn’t matter. A good chunk of these players won’t even show, allowing someone not as good to be a “Pro Bowler.”

  21. mdd913 says: Dec 21, 2011 5:15 PM

    Brees is by far the best of the players mentioned…just check his stats and body of work over the past 6 seasons…unmatched by any qb currently playing.

    ———————

    wins? But that’s not important

    ———————————————————————

    Saints have the highest winning percentage of any team in the NFL over the last 3 years. FACT

  22. mdd913 says: Dec 21, 2011 5:22 PM

    Also, how can one of the worst rushing teams in football have the top fullback? I can think of at least 6 free safeties in the NFC I’d rather have than Burnett and whoTF is TJ Lang?

    I knew Packers fans were obnoxious, but this is ridiculous.

  23. elitekane says: Dec 21, 2011 5:25 PM

    “boisestatewhodat says: Dec 21, 2011 3:52 PM”
    “Brees is by far the best of the players mentioned…just check his stats and body of work over the past 6 seasons…unmatched by any qb currently playing.”

    Drew (past 6 seasons) –
    (2011 – Yds- 4,780 TDs – 37 Ints – 11 )
    (2010 – Yds- 4,620 TDs – 33 Ints – 22 )
    (2009 – Yds – 4,388 TDs – 34 Ints – 11 )
    (2008 – Yds – 5,069 TDs – 34 Ints – 17 )
    (2007 – Yds – 4,423 TDs – 28 Ints – 18 )
    (2006 – Yds -4,418 TDs – 26 Ints – 11 )

    Brady (past 6 seasons) –
    (2011 – Yds – 4,593 TDs – 35 Ints- 11)
    (20010 – Yds – 3,900 TDs – 36 Ints – 4 )
    (2009 – Yds – 4,398 TDs 28 – Ints – 13 )
    (2008 – Injured)
    (2007 – Yds – 4,806 TDs – 50 Ints – 8)
    (2006 – Yds – 3,529 TDs – 24 Ints – 12)

    Bree’s Totals – Yds 27,698 – TDs – 192 Ints – 90

    Brady’s Totals – Yds – 21,226 TDs – 173 Ints – 48

    This is all in the pass 6 years, look at the stats and also taking into consideration Brady missed the entirety of the 2008 season. I would say Brees body of work has easily been matched, and probably surpassed.

    Career in Playoffs favors Brady much more as well
    Stats and Ring-wise.

    Superbowl Rings

    Brees – 1

    Brady – 3

    I appreciate it if you “Like” my post, EliteKane.

  24. capesquad says: Dec 21, 2011 5:26 PM

    Love Brees, what’s not to love? But Brady and Rodgers play outdoors under sometimes brutal conditions… Brady doesn’t lose at home or on the road– Drew isn’t the same QB away from the Dome stadiums.

  25. mistakenny says: Dec 21, 2011 5:31 PM

    I think joe montana would have something to say about dree having the best 6 years ever … Stats are cool but brees has a million yards in 6 years and however many touchdowns but only 1 ring whereas joe had 3 rings in a 6 year stretch and won all games and mvp soooo yeah get off brees lap

  26. mistakenny says: Dec 21, 2011 5:33 PM

    And david akers should make it ( leauge leader in points and of course andy lee deserves to start for the nfc and afc both !!!

  27. bordner says: Dec 21, 2011 5:36 PM

    Gotta admit… I voted for Lang. No way did I think he’d be the top vote-getter at Guard, though.

    But hopefully, the Packers that do end up getting selected won’t be able to attend this year’s game due to a more pressing engagement, just like last year.

  28. hateithere says: Dec 21, 2011 5:42 PM

    sbxxix says:
    Dec 21, 2011 3:55 PM
    I expect to see Aldon Smith, Justin Smith and Patrick Willis in the Pro Bowl. It would be a slap in the face to the 49ers if those guys didn’t make it

    *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***

    You will see none of them there this year, the teams in the Super Bowl don’t play in the Pro Bowl any more.

  29. mistakenny says: Dec 21, 2011 5:44 PM

    Ok saints fans get out of brees’s lap !! So he got more regular season wins than anyone in 6 years an300 td a million yards but 1 ring … Joe montana got mvp in 3 superbowls during a 6 year stretch so back up all that nonsense talk about a brees in the REGULAR SEASON …

  30. mistakenny says: Dec 21, 2011 5:45 PM

    And my bad about repost the first one messed up on my phone haha

  31. elitekane says: Dec 21, 2011 5:51 PM

    “mistakenny says: Dec 21, 2011 5:44 PM”
    “Ok saints fans get out of brees’s lap !! So he got more regular season wins than anyone in 6 years an300 td a million yards but 1 ring … Joe montana got mvp in 3 superbowls during a 6 year stretch so back up all that nonsense talk about a brees in the REGULAR SEASON …”

    He said in the past 6 seasons and by any qb currently playing, which means not when Montana played.

    Your post had potential but not today kid.

  32. canadianvikingfaniii says: Dec 21, 2011 6:05 PM

    I don’t agree with some of those Packer players being on there, even if I am a Viking fan. But, I’m just glad there isn’t a surplus of Cowboys like the years before…

  33. prime311 says: Dec 21, 2011 6:09 PM

    Clifton and Lang? That’s awful. Wells is the only packers lineman worth voting for. Maybe Bulaga too, but as a RT thats unlikely.

  34. JSpicoli says: Dec 21, 2011 6:14 PM

    I love the comments here.

    I’d like to interupt the huffing and puffing to remind you all that since the public VOTES for this, it means as much as the results for American Idol.

  35. mjkelly77 says: Dec 21, 2011 6:33 PM

    The cheeseheads must have stuffed the ballot box even more than they stuff their fat faces.

  36. mjkelly77 says: Dec 21, 2011 6:36 PM

    Well, in that frozen tundra, I guess the cheeseheads have nothing better to do than vote multiple, multiple, multiple times.

  37. mjkelly77 says: Dec 21, 2011 6:41 PM

    The cheeseheads vote nine!! of their players to lead their respective positions. Wow! I think they realize Green Gay is not going to make it to the Super Bowl so they want to see these guys play one more time after they go “one and done”.

  38. mistakenny says: Dec 21, 2011 6:44 PM

    Kane ??? Kid ?? Son its not even that serious and the kid your looking for i must of stepped on him . I love how tuff guys act bad on the internet , you better learn some respect son . And who gives 2 shts about brees and his stats he still aint going anywhere !!!

  39. beedubyatoo says: Dec 21, 2011 8:01 PM

    I wonder how many of the bozos who are posting personal hate toward Packer fans have ever been to Lambeau to see an actual Packer fan. If you’re sitting your fat butt on the couch during the games and making your judgements from there, open your minds. I’ve seen at least 100 games in Green Bay going back to 1952 and have a whole different opinion of a football fan in Wisconsin. And no, I don’t live in GB nor have I ever lived there.

    If nyou don’t like the way the vote turned out, fine, voice your opinion. As for “stuffing” the ballot box, please remember that Green Bay is, by far the smallest market in major pro sports. Perhaps the vote means that the Packers are America’s Team as we’ve been saying all along.

  40. 28for20 says: Dec 21, 2011 8:08 PM

    If Packer fans aint milking cows, they’re milking votes for the home football team! Pathetic!

  41. haywoodjablomee says: Dec 21, 2011 9:10 PM

    I know Brady is a decent quarterback, but he is such a jackass. Did you see the skull cap he was wearing at the post game conference. What a dork.

  42. Ralphie says: Dec 21, 2011 9:19 PM

    @JSpicoli says:
    Dec 21, 2011 6:14 PM
    I love the comments here.

    I’d like to interupt the huffing and puffing to remind you all that since the public VOTES for this, it means as much as the results for American Idol.
    _______________________________

    A voice of sanity in a sea of madness.

  43. 46defense says: Dec 21, 2011 9:19 PM

    John Kuhn??? That guy is a joke! Packer fans continue to LOVE their white players…

  44. teal379 says: Dec 21, 2011 9:37 PM

    Brees might have the best 6 prior years but in the end they were 1 BAD Brett Favre pass from not even going to the Superbowl and he’s still the ONLY QB to lose to a team in the playoffs with a losing record.

    The guy plays indoors and chucks it up – A LOT. Of course he has gaudy numbers. Players like Rodgers and Brady don’t throw it up as much, play outside at least 1/2 if not more a year and put up similar numbers.

    Environments matter. Brees is good, well above average but lets get real – he’s not as impressive as the QBs doing the same thing he is but in the snow and wind.

  45. justwaittilnextyear says: Dec 21, 2011 9:48 PM

    T. J. Lang? Another example of why letting the general public to vote on the Pro Bowl is flawed!John Kuhn?……

  46. timmy1975 says: Dec 21, 2011 9:55 PM

    To boisestatewhodat:
    Pro Bowl voting is for …THIS YEAR!
    Since when do they comply the ” Best body of work for the past SIX years?” god, what an f’n homer.

  47. timmy1975 says: Dec 21, 2011 9:57 PM

    To 46defense:
    Packer Fan’s love their PLAYERS. raciest.

  48. lottsmissingfinger says: Dec 21, 2011 10:24 PM

    Willis, J Smith and Andy Lee finished first in their respective positions (ILB, DT and P). Hopefully the coaches and players counteract the ballot stuffing done for the most egregious errors (entire GB oline).

    I don’t watch the game but some players have bonuses built in based on selection to the Pro Bowl and they deserve it when they perform at a high level.

  49. lottsmissingfinger says: Dec 21, 2011 10:36 PM

    Cam Newton finished 3rd among NFC QBs.

    Somehow Earl Thomas finished 4th among Free Safeties. Even a 49er fan (like myself) has to admit that’s ridiculous.

  50. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Dec 22, 2011 1:42 PM

    steve smith should make it, along with gross & kalil.

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