Favre leads 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 today.

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 today. 

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:

NFL ALL-STAR TOP-FIVE VOTE-GETTERS

Pos.

Name, Team

Votes

QB

Brett Favre, Packers

478,606

RB

Marshall Faulk, Rams

399,152

QB

Kurt Warner, Rams

396,094

FB

Mike Alstott, Buccaneers

386,902

RB

Jerome Bettis, Steelers

 382,903


AFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS

Pos.

Name, Team

Votes

Pos.

Name, Team

Votes

QB

Rich Gannon, Raiders

378,898

DE

Jevon Kearse, Titans

106,991

RB

Jerome Bettis, Steelers

382,903

IL

John Randle, Seahawks

127,384

FB

Tony Richardson, Chiefs

172,990

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 Wisniewski, Raiders

92,920

FS

Rod Woodson, Ravens

79,559

C

Kevin Mawae, Jets

78,741

P

Shane Lechler, Raiders

91,369

K

S. Janikowski, Raiders

178,791

ST

John Fiala, Steelers

44,468

KR

Terrence Wilkins, Colts

40,798


NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS

Pos.

Name, Team

Votes

Pos.

Name, Team

Votes

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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