Favre, Faulk Lead Charge Toward Pro Bowl

With more than 30 million votes cast by fans on NFL.com, Green Bay Packers quarterback BRETT FAVRE (478,606) leads all NFL All-Stars in balloting for the 2002 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Thursday.

The St. Louis Rams' duo of running back MARSHALL FAULK (399,152) and quarterback KURT WARNER (396,094) rank second and third overall. Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback MIKE ALSTOTT (386,902) is fourth. Pittsburgh Steelers running back JEROME BETTIS leads all AFC All-Stars and rounds out the top five (382,903).

The 30,594,762 votes cast so far is up from 19,010,146 total votes on NFL.com last season and is already the most ever received during Pro Bowl balloting. Voting continues on NFL.com for approximately three more weeks before announcement of the squads. Voting at 5,200 Blockbuster stores nationwide concluded on December 2 and vote totals are currently being tabulated.

Fan voting counts one-third towards choosing the squads for the NFL's annual Pro Bowl All-Star Game on February 9 - played for the first time on a Saturday - in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The consensus ballots of NFL fans, players and coaches each count one-third towards determining the 43-man rosters that will represent the American and National conferences at Aloha Stadium. Players and coaches will vote on December 26-27.

The NFL is the only professional sports league that combines voting by fans, players and coaches in determining its all-star teams. Fan voting will be used to break any tie. The NFL became the first professional sports league to offer online voting in 1995.

This year's game will be televised live on ABC-TV at 4:30 PM ET (11:30 AM HT).

Listed below are the top five overall vote-getters and the players with the most votes at each position:

QB Brett Favre Packers 478,606
RB Marshall Faulk Rams 399,152
QB Kurt Warner Rams 396,094
FB Mike Alstott Buccaneers 386,902
TE Tony Gonzalez Chiefs 382,903
QB Rich Gannon Raiders 378,8987
DE Jevon Kearse Titans 106,991
RB Jerome Bettis Steelers 382,903
IL John Randle Seahawks 127,384
FB Tony Richardson Chiefs 172,903
OLB Chad Brown Seahawks 66,145
WR Marvin Harrison Colts 316,575
ILB Ray Lewis Ravens 121,231
TE Tony Gonzalez Chiefs 372,684
CB Charles Woodson Raiders 120,477
T Jonathan Ogden Ravens 99,812
SS Rodney Harrison Chargers 56,414
G Steve Wisnieski Raiders 92,920
FS Rod Woodson Ravens 79,559
C Kevin Mawae Jets 78,741
P Tom Rouen Broncos 91,369
K S. Janikowski Raiders 178,791
ST John Fiala Steelers 44,468
KR Terrence Wilkins Colts 40,798
QB Brett Favre Packers 478,606
DE Michael Strahan Giants 196,133
RB Marshall Faulk Rams 399,152
IL Warren Sapp Buccaneers 108,970
FB Mike Alstott Buccaneers 386,902
OLB LaVar Arrington Redskins 91,187
WR Terrell Owens 49ers 343,958
ILB Brian Urlacher Bears 161,299
TE Wesley Walls Panthers 259,618
CB Doug Evans Panthers 102,439
T Orlando Pace Rams 123,093
SS John Lynch Buccaneers 77,319
G Larry Allen Cowboys 91,933
FS Darren Sharper Packers 92,293
C Mike Flanagan Packers 80,334
P Todd Sauerbrun Panthers 167,072
K John Carney Saints 140,103
ST Corey Bradford Packers 65,211
KR Steve Smith Panthers 83,287

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