The 2010 Pro Bowl voting numbers have Michael Vick leading all players, a shocking revelation in the first totals. The 2010 Pro Bowl voting will continue though Dec. 20, and fans can vote to cover their part of the decision-making process. The debate about whether Vick deserves to be the starting quarterback of the Pro Bowl is certainly going to be a hotly debated topic, even with how much success he has brought the Eagles on their quest to win the NFC East this year.
According to ESPN, the latest vote totals have Vick ahead by more than 39,000 votes, with 729,838 to his credit at this point. That is quite an accomplishment for a player who is starting games for the first time in years. Manning has 691,146 to his credit so far, placing the two quarterbacks from opposing conferences far ahead of everyone else.
Just because Vick is this far ahead in the voting does not guarantee that he will be the 2011 Pro Bowl starting quarterback. The fan voting is basically one-third of the selection process, with the players and coaches also getting a say in which players make the team. The potential exists that they could favor someone like Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers at the position, but it sure looks like Vick will make the team.
In addition to Vick and Manning at the top of the voting are Tom Brady (623,074), Adrian Peterson (591,598), and Aaron Rodgers (547,340). Peterson is the only one in the top five who isn’t a quarterback, and he leads all running backs by a very clear margin. All five players could potentially make the Pro Bowl roster, but there is still a lot of time between now and when the final announcements are made.
So far in the 2010 season, Vick has thrown for 2,243 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has also rushed for another 467 yards and six touchdowns, setting himself up to possibly be in the MVP race on the offensive side of the ball. That would be quite an accomplishment for a player who not only hasn’t played in all of his team’s games this season, but wasn’t even the intended starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles when the season got started.
The Pro Bowl voting is open for basically two more weeks, giving fans plenty of time to try to dictate who some of the players are going to be. The 2011 Pro Bowl will be on Jan. 30 this year, taking place in Hawaii again. Get out there and vote, because it’s the only way you can try to make sure that your favorite players are recognized by the NFL this year.