NFL Pro Bowl Voting: Leading Vote-Getters at Every Position

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistNovember 14, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 11:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The NFL released the leading vote-getters for the Pro Bowl this afternoon (per, and some familiar names graced the top of the list.

Denver's Peyton Manning and New England's Tom Brady were the top two vote-getters, the former doing so just 13 months removed from career-threatening neck surgery.

The rest of the top 10 looked like this:

Position Player Votes
QB Peyton Manning (DEN) 376,981
QB Tom Brady (NE) 345,036
RB Arian Foster (HOU) 333,396
QB Aaron Rodgers (GB) 320,307
RB Adrian Peterson (MIN) 298,323
WR A.J. Green (CIN) 258,405
TE Rob Gronkowski (NE) 258,042
WR Victor Cruz (NYG) 257,016
QB Matt Ryan (ATL) 236,002
QB Drew Brees (NO) 227,106


Quick Thoughts

- Peyton Manning's tremendous comeback has deserved all the attention it's gotten, but the degree to which it's overshadowed Adrian Peterson's recovery is unfortunate.

Coming in fifth in fan voting is nothing to scoff at, but the fact that Peterson isn't the highest running back is a travesty. Arian Foster has been nothing short of sensational, but Peterson––recently decimated knee and all––is carrying the Vikings playoff hopes on his back.

- How weird is it to see A.J. Green and Victor Cruz as the top vote-getting receivers? Two years ago at this time, Green was trying to prove that Julio Jones wasn't the only NFL receiver in the SEC, and Cruz was toiling around the Giants' injured reserve without a single career catch. Good for both of them.

- Five QBs in the top 10 is par for the course, but seeing a tight end up there next to only two running backs is interesting. It speaks a lot to (a) the way the league has moved toward the passing game, and (b) the sweeping sensation that is GRONK.


If you want a better sense of what each team's roster might look like, here's a look at each conference's leading vote-getters by position:



Position Player Votes Position Player Votes
QB Peyton Manning (DEN)  376,981 DE  J.J. Watt (HOU)   202,904
RB Arian Foster (HOU)   333,396 DT  Haloti Ngata (BAL)   145,969
FB Vonta Leach (BAL)   82,872 OLB  Von Miller (DEN)   136,584
WR  A.J. Green (CIN)   258,405 ILB  Jerod Mayo (NE)   122,787
TE Rob Gronkowski (NE)   258,042 CB  A. Cromartie (NYJ)   93,753
OT  Jake Long (MIA)   89,945 SS  Troy Polamalu (PIT)   37,722
Logan Mankins (NE)   76,705 FS  Ed Reed (BAL)   52,729
M. Pouncey (PIT)   88,270 Brandon Fields (MIA)   36,983
S. Janikowski (OAK)   56,290 ST  Josh Cribbs (CLE)   34,802
KR  Jacoby Jones (BAL)   47,065      


Quick Thoughts

- Good for America, making J.J. Watt the highest vote-getting defensive player in the NFL. Shame on America for making Antonio Cromartie the highest vote-getting defensive back in the AFC.

- Jake Long: Great pass-blocking tackle. Duane Brown: Great all-around tackle. The rock of Houston's offensive line needs to be in this lineup.

- I understand the concept of a "lifetime achievement award," but someone needs to get Troy Polamalu off this list. He's played in two games, has seven tackles, and hasn't recorded a single sack or turnover. You're better than that, voting public.


Position Player Votes Position Player Votes
QB Aaron Rodgers (GB) 320,307 DE Jared Allen (MIN) 150,611
RB Adrian Peterson (MIN) 298,323 DT Henry Melton (CHI) 98,957
FB John Kuhn (GB) 80,488 OLB Clay Matthews (GB) 156,688
WR Victor Cruz (NYG) 257,016 ILB Patrick Willis (SF) 91,609
TE Tony Gonzalez (ATL) 211,581 CB Tim Jennings (CHI) 116,347
OT Matt Kalil (MIN) 74,615 SS Charles Woodson (GB) 53,531
G Mike Iupati (SF) 64,094 FS Ronde Barber (TB) 43,953
C Jeff Saturday (GB) 123,626 P Tim Masthay (GB) 41,141
K David Akers (SF) 60,113 ST C.J. Spillman (SF) 35,857
KR Percy Harvin (MIN) 50,994      


Quick Thoughts

- It's nice to see a rookie on the board in Matt Kalil. The fourth overall pick has impressed protecting Christian Ponder's blind side in his rookie year, and he'd be well deserving of this honor. Having said that, the Niners' Joe Staley probably deserves it more.

- One Niner who doesn't deserve his spot? Try David Akers. He's one of the all-time greats, but he hasn't been himself this season––he's making less than 75 percent of his kicks. Give it to Greg the Leg in St. Louis.

- It's interesting to see Tim Jennings out in front of teammate Charles Tillman. They've both been sensational forcing turnovers, but you had to think all the national attention Tillman gets would give him the lead, right?

- Why all the love for Jeff Saturday? I know he's good (even though he's struggled run blocking this year) and I know he's likable, but 123,626 votes?! That's almost double any other lineman in the NFC!

- Let's hope Percy Harvin doesn't need to occupy that KR spot when the real game comes around. He deserves to go as a bona fide wide receiver.


Fan voting for the Pro Bowl will close on December 17, following the conclusion of the Jets-Titans Monday Night Football game. The fan consensus makes up one-third of the voting for the game, along with the votes of players (also one-third) and coaches (also one-third).

The game will be played on Sunday, January 27, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.