The 2011 Pro Bowl is just around the corner and the fans' ballots have been counted. The following players are the fan's choices for the AFC in this year's game.
While these selections are only those of the fans (coaches and players votes count for 2/3 of the scores) the majority, if not all of these players, will be starters for the game in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The game is scheduled for Sunday, January 30th, 2011 at 7p.m. ET in Aloha Stadium.
2011 Pro Bowl QB for the AFC, Tom Brady
Quarterback Tom Brady has completed 299 out of his 449 passes thus far this season, earning him a 66.6% completion percentage. He has thrown for more than 3,500 yards and has averaged 254 yards/game. He leads the league in completions for a touchdown (31) and fewest interceptions (4). His 109.9 QB rating also sets him atop the league as having the highest rating for the season.
This will be Brady's fifth invitation to the Pro Bowl.
2011 AFC Running Back, Arian Foster
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has lit up the field this season. Coming off a disappointing injury, which sidelined him last season, Foster has racked up a league best 1,345 yds on the ground for the Texans. He also leads the league in rushing touchdowns (13) and first downs by a running back (76).
This Pro Bowl will be Foster's first appearance.
2011 AFC Fullback, Vonta Leach
Fullback Vonta Leach has been instrumental in ensuring the success of teammate Arian Foster. His ability to open gaping holes, pick up the pass rush, or even pound the ball for a few additional yards has earned him the right to attend this year's Pro Bowl. His "Leach to the Beach" campaign might have aided his push for the Pro Bowl, but either way he has earned his due.
This is Leach's first year to appear in the Pro Bowl.
2011 AFC Wide Receiver, Andre Johnson
Perhaps the epitome of greatness for the Houston Texans lies with the AFC Pro Bowl Wide Receiver, Andre Johnson. Despite being injured for most of the season he has still managed to accumulate 1,216 yds receiving, 8 receiving touchdowns, and 59 first downs. Johnson is the third Texan selected by the fans to attend this seasons Pro Bowl.
This will be Johnson's fifth Pro Bowl appearance.
2011 AFC Tight-end, Antonio Gates
San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has proven to be an effective weapon on the field this season. He leads all TE's in the league for touchdowns (10) and is second in the league for receiving yards by a TE (782).
This Pro Bowl will mark Gates' seventh appearance to the Aloha state.
2011 AFC T, Andrew Whitworth
Left Tackle Andrew Whitworth has been a shining star for the Cincinnati Bengals. The former LSU Tiger leads the lead with the fewest sacks allowed and has sured up the offensive line for the Bengals.
This appearance will mark Whitworth's first Pro Bowl trip.
2011 AFC G, Eric Steinbach
The eighth-year veteran out of Joilet, IL has proven his worth with the Cleveland Browns this season. He has been effective in protecting his quarterback and his quick thinking and foot movement has helped open up great rushing lanes.
This will not be Steinbach's first appearance but does mark his first year being voted a starter.
2011 AFC C, Jeff Saturday
Perhaps one of the greatest minds in the NFL, Jeff Saturday has the responsibility of being the additional eyes and ears of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. His ability to read the defense has kept his quarterback protected more often than not and his size and strength allow him to stuff many defenders coming at him.
This will mark Saturday's fifth appearance at the Pro Bowl.
2011 AFC K, Josh Scobee
Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee has been cool under pressure this season. His team sits atop the AFC south due, in part, to the accuracy and strength of their kicker. Scobee has made 83% of his kicks and is a perfect two-for-two beyond fifty yards. His PAT percentage is perfect as he has made all 37 of his kicks.
Scobee visits the Pro Bowl in what I believe is his first appearance.
2011 AFC KR, Josh Cribbs
Cleveland Browns wide receiver and kick returner Josh Cribbs has had an impressive season. He has accumulated more than 800 yds in kick-off and punt returns, 200+ yds in receiving, and has brought some life back to the city of Cleveland.
This will mark Cribbs' third appearance in a Pro Bowl.