By the most recent count, Saints quarterback Drew Brees leads NFC quarterbacks with 848,624 votes – a little more than 8,000 votes more than Favre. The two are Nos. 2 and 3 in the overall vote – trailing only Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who leads all vote-getters with 853,565.
Adrian Peterson is fourth among all vote-getters with 838,985, which is more than double that of any other NFC running back and 370,000 more than any other running back in the league – Cincinnati's Cedric Benson has the next-highest total with 469,568 votes.
Other Vikings players who are their respective position leaders include fullback Naufahu Tahi, tackle Bryant McKinnie, guard Steve Hutchinson, center Johns Sullivan, kicker Ryan Longwell, return man Percy Harvin, defensive end Jared Allen, defensive tackle Pat Williams, punter Chris Kluwe and special teams player Heath Farwell.
The fan balloting will continue through the end of the Monday night game between the Giants and Redskins Dec. 21. Players and coaches will vote Dec. 22-23 and the teams will be announced during a Pro Bowl selection special at 4 p.m. EST Tuesday, Dec. 29 on NFL Network.
"Hines is being selfish," said Herrera, who missed his first start due to concussion symptoms last Sunday – his first missed start since becoming a full-time starter again in 2007. "Honestly and truly, in our locker room no one questioned my toughness or whether I could play or not. They knew it was a concussion and it was bigger than just football."
Ward has since apologized on his Facebook page and to Roethlisberger personally.