This year’s Pro Bowl will be filled with New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers if the two teams aren’t meeting in Super Bowl 50.
Patriots and Panthers players make up 23 of 38 spots in the NFL’s leading fan vote-getters by position.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leads all players with 502,913 fan votes. He’s joined by Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, center David Andrews, kicker Stephen Gostkowski, return specialist Danny Amendola, defensive end Chandler Jones, linebacker Jamie Collins, punter Ryan Allen and special teamer Matthew Slater in the leading vote-getters by position. Somehow linebacker Dont’a Hightower and safety Devin McCourty continue to be snubbed by the Patriots ballot-stuffers.
Pro Bowl players are decided by fans, players and coaches, all of whom count for a one-thirds vote. The 2016 Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 31, a week before Super Bowl 50. Players in the Super Bowl aren’t eligible to play in the Pro Bowl.
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