Vikings continue as Pro Bowl fan favorites

With three weeks of fan voting left, the Vikings continue to dominate in that portion of Pro Bowl balloting. The fan vote counts for one-third of the selection process.

With less than three weeks remaining in the fan voting portion of the Pro Bowl balloting, the Vikings continue to dominate with 11 position-leading players, which doesn't include quarterback Brett Favre.

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.


  • During an interview on Sirius NFL Radio Tuesday, Vikings guard Anthony Herrera took a shot at Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, who said on NBC Sunday night that the Pittsburgh locker room was divided over whether quarterback Ben Roethlisberger should have played through a concussion last week.

    "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.

  • The Vikings had a trio of free agents into Winter Park for a workout Tuesday. They were former Buffalo backup quarterback Gibran Hamdan, Ole Miss wide receiver Taye Biddle and Boston College defensive back DeJuan Tribble.

  • Former Viking Steve Hauschka, who was released last month by the Baltimore Ravens, had a tryout Tuesday with the Giants.

  • Tight end Jake Nordin, who was briefly with the Vikings during the preseason, was signed to the Lions practice squad.

  • Before settling on Matt Bryant to replace Jason Elam as their kicker, one of the players the Falcons brought in for a tryout was former Viking Paul Edinger, who has been out of the league for three-plus years.

  • The NFL is considering expanding its schedule from 16 to 18 games and reports are that the league will consider playing Thursday and Saturday games throughout the season and play as many as eight games a year outside of the U.S.

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