By TPR Staff

The NFL Pro-Bowl is still scheduled to take place after this season the week before the Super Bowl, unless Roger Goodell has anything to do with cancelling the All-Star game that features absolutely no defense and points galore. One special thing about selecting Pro-Bowl players is that it is not strictly up to the fans, so these players are not just the most popular. They are also voted in by players and coaches, meaning there is a bit more to the process than in the other three major professional sports leagues.

As of this minute, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is the NFL leading vote getter from either the AFC or NFC players throughout the league. Voting will continue for a little over a month and end on December 17, but Manning and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady are the overall top two players in terms of fan voting. Only one can start the game, although neither are hoping to be in Hawaii, as the teams who go to the Super Bowl the following week will not have their players available for this game.

In terms of votes per position, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster is the leader among backs, while Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green leads at his position. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has used his almost cult like hysteria to help him receive the most votes thus far at tight end.

According to NFL.com, here is a look at all of the current leaders at each position for the 2013 NFL Pro-Bowl in Honolulu on January 27.

AFC’s leading vote-getters by position
Offense
Defense
Pos.
Player
Team
Votes
Pos.
Player
Team
Votes
QB
Peyton Manning
Broncos
376,981
DE
J.J. Watt
Texans
202,904
RB
Arian Foster
Texans
333,396
DT
Haloti Ngata
Ravens
145,969
FB
Vonta Leach
Ravens
82,872
OLB
Von Miller
Broncos
136,584
WR
A.J. Green
Bengals
258,405
ILB
Jerod Mayo
Patriots
122,787
TE
Rob Gronkowski
Patriots
258,042
CB
Antonio Cromartie
Jets
93,753
OT
Jake Long
Dolphins
89,945
SS
Troy Polamalu
Steelers
37,722
G
Logan Mankins
Patriots
76,705
FS
Ed Reed
Ravens
52,729
C
Maurkice Pouncey
Steelers
88,270
P
Brandon Fields
Dolphins
36,983
K
Sebastian Janikowski
Raiders
56,290
ST
Joshua Cribbs
Browns
34,802
KR
Jacoby Jones
Ravens
47,065

 

 

NFC’s leading vote-getters by position
Offense
Defense
Pos.
Player
Team
Votes
Pos.
Player
Team
Votes
QB
Aaron Rodgers
Packers
320,307
DE
Jared Allen
Vikings
150,611
RB
Adrian Peterson
Vikings
298,323
DT
Henry Melton
Bears
98,957
FB
John Kuhn
Packers
80,488
OLB
Clay Matthews
Packers
156,688
WR
Victor Cruz
Giants
257,016
ILB
Patrick Willis
49ers
91,609
TE
Tony Gonzalez
Falcons
211,581
CB
Tim Jennings
Bears
116,347
OT
Matt Kalil
Vikings
74,615
SS
Charles Woodson
Packers
53,531
G
Mike Iupati
49ers
64,094
FS
Ronde Barber
Buccaneers
43,953
C
Jeff Saturday
Packers
123,626
P
Tim Masthay
Packers
41,141
K
David Akers
49ers
60,113
ST
C.J. Spillman
49ers
35,857
KR
Percy Harvin
Vikings
50,994
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