The rest of the top 10 looked like this:
|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|
- 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:
|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|
|G||Logan Mankins (NE)||76,705||FS||Ed Reed (BAL)||52,729|
|C||M. Pouncey (PIT)||88,270||P||Brandon Fields (MIA)||36,983|
|K||S. Janikowski (OAK)||56,290||ST||Josh Cribbs (CLE)||34,802|
|KR||Jacoby Jones (BAL)||47,065|
- 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.
|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|
- 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.