On Friday, the NFL's Pro Bowl fan vote – a glorified popularity contest – concluded and both nfl.com as well as NFL Network's Good Morning Football shared the first results of the public vote yesterday. As expected, two members of the New England Patriots are among the leading vote getters league-wide; leading their respective positions in the AFC.
Tom Brady, who is having another MVP-worthy season as the undisputed best quarterback in the NFL, received more votes than any other passer: Brady received 833,481 votes, the second-most in the league behind only Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell's 855,539. Consequently, Brady will earn his 13th Pro Bowl berth – most among active players and the second-most in NFL history.
Joining Brady on the top among the AFC's vote getters are tight end Rob Gronkowski and kicker Stephen Gostkowski. The NFL's best tight end received 551,058 votes by the fans – the 10th most league-wide and tops in the conference at his position. Gronkowski will earn his fifth Pro Bowl nomination as a result. Gostkowski, who received 153,573 votes, will also be a Pro Bowler for the fifth time.
The Pro Bowl's full roster is determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches, will be announced on Tuesday evening.