The New England Patriots will be well-represented in the Pro Bowl — if they’re not playing in Super Bowl 50, that is.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leads Pro Bowl balloting by fans with 141,750 votes, while tight end Rob Gronkowski is fifth with 101,674 votes. Pro Bowl players are decided by a consensus vote among fans, players and coaches with each party counting for one-third of the ballot.
Offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, kicker Stephen Gostkowski, defensive end Chandler Jones, outside linebacker Jamie Collins and special teamer Matthew Slater also are among the leading vote-getters by position.
It’s surprising safety Devin McCourty and linebacker Dont’a Hightower aren’t among the Patriots’ leading vote-getters.
Pro Bowl voting at NFL.com/probowl/ballot concludes Tuesday, Dec. 15. Pro Bowl players will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 22 on NFL Network.
The teams will be unconferenced for the third consecutive year, and there will be a fantasy-style Pro Bowl Draft captained by Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice to decide the two rosters.
The Pro Bowl will be held at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday, Jan. 31.
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