Bledsoe popular among fans nationally

Drew Bledsoe's jersey was the ninth most popular jersey purchased on from April 1 to Oct. 31. Not only did New England quarterback Tom Brady beat Bledsoe on the field last Sunday, but he beat him at jersey sales as well, finishing No. 2 during that time period. Surprisingly, Bears middle linebacker Brain Urlacher was No. 1.

Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was third, followed by Packers quarterback Brett Favre, Dolphins running back Ricky Williams, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith and 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens.

Eric Moulds was the 19th most purchased jersey …

Bledsoe ranks second in Pro Bowl voting behind only Favre through Nov. 6. The Bills quarterback, the NFL's leading passer, had 249,091 votes after three weeks of voting.

Moulds was the NFL's top vote-getter at wide receiver with 179,526 votes. One other player who deserves votes is Pat Williams, who led the league in unofficial tackles for a defensive lineman with 47 tackles. It's unofficial because the NFL doesn't keep official tackle stats. They're compiled on a per-team basis, which is ludicrous because this is "tackle football" after all.

Fans can vote at or at RadioShack stores.

The balloting has reached 17,989,687 total votes and is on pace to break last year's record of 33 million total votes. Voting continues on through December 16.  The squads will be announced December 19 on the 2003 Pro Bowl Selection Show on ESPN.

This year's NFL Pro Bowl All-Star Game will be televised live on ABC-TV at 5:30 PM ET (12:30 PM HT) on Feb. 2 and will be played 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 Dec. 16-17.

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