Favre Tops Pro Bowl Voting

Green Bay Packers quarterback BRETT FAVRE (408,309) leads all NFL All-Stars, and Kansas City Chiefs tight end TONY GONZALEZ (329,480) tops all AFC All-Stars in balloting on NFL.com for the 2002 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced today.

The St. Louis Rams' duo of running back MARSHALL FAULK (351,908) and quarterback KURT WARNER (349,306) rank second and third overall. Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback MIKE ALSTOTT (340,826) is fourth and Gonzalez rounds out the top five.

The 26,669,170 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 one more month 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
POSITION NAME TEAM VOTES
QB Brett Favre Packers 408,309
RB Marshall Faulk Rams 351,908
QB Kurt Warner Rams 349,306
FB Mike Alstott Buccaneers 340,826
TE Tony Gonzalez Chiefs 329,480
AFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS
POSITION NAME TEAM VOTES
QB Rich Gannon Raiders 319,397
DE Jevon Kearse Titans 91,387
RB Jerome Bettis Steelers 324,143
IL John Randle Seahawks 112,728
FB Tony Richardson Chiefs 148,403
OLB Chad Brown Seahawks 57,741
WR Rod Smith Broncos 274,639
ILB Ray Lewis Ravens 104,776
TE Tony Gonzalez Chiefs 329,480
CB Charles Woodson Raiders 107,748
T Jonathan Ogden Ravens 87,513
SS Rodney Harrison Chargers 50,146
G Steve Wisnieski Raiders 81,962
FS Rod Woodson Ravens 76,363
C Kevin Mawae Jets 68,396
P Tom Rouen Broncos 78,346
K S. Janikowski Raiders 154,956
ST John Fiala Steelers 37,327
KR Terrence Wilkins Colts 39,691
NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS
POSITION NAME TEAM VOTES
QB Brett Favre Packers 408,309
DE Michael Strahan Giants 170,848
RB Marshall Faulk Rams 351,908
IL Warren Sapp Buccaneers 93,426
FB Mike Alstott Buccaneers 340,826
OLB LaVar Arrington Redskins 77,960
WR Terrell Owens 49ers 297,453
ILB Brian Urlacher Bears 137,282
TE Wesley Walls Panthers 228,963
CB Doug Evans Panthers 89,925
T Orlando Pace Rams 108,232
SS John Lynch Buccaneers 66,788
G Larry Allen Cowboys 81,630
FS Darren Sharper Packers 77,613
C Mike Flanagan Packers 63,955
P Todd Sauerbrun Bears 142,697
K John Carney Saints 115,374
ST Corey Bradford Packers 51,555
KR Steve Smith Panthers 70,516

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