With the official 2011 Pro Bowl rosters being announced just hours from now, we all can take a second to focus on the exhibition All-Star game that'll rightfully be back in Hawaii this year.
The fans have a say in the selection process therefore we feel tied to the game, which means we must have some interest in it, right?
We have a handful of guys that we know will make the Pro Bowl, but we aren't sure of others.
We do know the Top 10 vote-getters, however, and some are obvious while some may be closer to No. 1 than they should be.
When you leave it up to the fans, anything can happen.
10. Matt Ryan (704,000 votes)
Matty Ice has been the staple of consistency this season, and has morphed the Falcons into a team that could legitimately be Dallas-bound. His 26 touchdowns and only nine interceptions prove he's worthy of a trip to Hawaii.
Verdict - Very deserving.
9. Maurice Jones-Drew (707,000 votes)
This steam-roller should probably receive MVP consideration although he probably won't. He's been the backbone of an overachieving Jaguars team all season and he ran for over 100 yards on seven separate occasions.
Verdict - Extremely deserving, should even be higher.
8. Arian Foster (710,000 votes)
We heard whispers from Texans camp this summer that Foster was primed for a big year and he certainly delivered. Foster was this season's surprise, who leads the NFL in rushing ahead of guys like Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson. Great story.
Verdict - Deserving. Top runner in 2010.
7. Aaron Rodgers (900,000 votes)
Although we saw Matt Flynn work wonders and almost complete a miracle against the Patriots, if it wasn't for Aaron Rodgers, the Packers wouldn't be a .500 ball club. His team is one dimensional, but Rodgers still had no problems torching opposing secondaries. A few good years in the past always helps too.
Verdict - Definitely deserving. Maybe fans are smarter than I thought.
6. Adrian Peterson (948,000 votes)
Though the Vikings were one of the many disappointments this season, Peterson still pieced together another stellar season. His carries were way down, but he still managed to average 4.7 yards-per-rush and score 11 touchdowns. Probably a bit of a fan "carry-over-from-last-year" type deal, but Pro Bowl worthy nonetheless.
Verdict - Deserving, I guess.
5. Drew Brees (971,000 votes)
It's never easy to repeat a Super Bowl winning season, and although Brees hasn't rekindled the same magic from 2009, he's been deadly accurate and has carried the Saints into the postseason. His 21 interceptions are a bit eye-popping, so fifth in the fan vote proves that past season's carry over.
Verdict - Deserving, but still riding what he did last year.
4. Phillip Rivers (1,039,000 votes)
Early in the year, Rivers was the top candidate for MVP and many applauded what he did without Vincent Jackson and a banged up Antonio Gates. He's thrown 30 touchdowns, only 12 interceptions and has totaled nearly 4,400 yards through the air. He's in his rightful spot here at No. 4.
Verdict - Certainly deserving, but would like to see more wins.
3. Peyton Manning (1,130,000 votes)
Manning is having a "down" year based on his yearly standards, but he's rebounded nicely from his now infamous "11 interceptions in a three game stretch" and has eclipsed the 4,000 pass yard mark once again. He's one of the most visible players in the NFL, so even during an "off" year, No. 3 in the fan vote is not surprising for Manning.
Verdict - Obviously deserving, especially with his unknown group of receivers and all the injuries.
2. Michael Vick (1,522,000 votes)
Vick's story is unmatched this season. After all he's been through and being away from the game for so long, Vick is one of the front-runners for the MVP. He hasn't lost a step during his vaunted scrambling, and is greatly improved as a passer. The most fun player to watch in football today.
Verdict - Deserving...duh
1. Tom Brady (1,877,000 votes)
Mr. Brady is back. Big time. After the season started a bit shaky for New England, Brady went on a tear. He set the record for most passes without and interception and is managing the most efficient offense in the NFL at this point in time. This time the fans got it right.
Verdict - MVP deserving.
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