FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Roddy White and tight end Tony Gonzalez are getting some love in the fan voting for the 2011 NFC Pro Bowl squad, according to the results released by NFL.com earlier this week.
The league announced the leaders at each position so we don’t know how the rest of the Falcons are doing. But fan voting continues through Monday, Dec. 20 online and on web-enabled mobile phones by going to NFL.com/probowl.
The Falcons have it set up where you can vote through the teams’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/atlanta falcons and you have to click the “Pro Bowl” tab at the top of the page.
(REMEMBER: CHICAGO VOTING RULES APPLY – VOTE EARLY AND OFTEN!!!)
The Falcons have the best team in the NFC at 8-2 and should have more players leading at their positions. Matt Ryan is trailing Michael Vick and Aaron Rodgers, because they were both in the top 10 vote getters. (The Packers fans know how to stuff the ballot box.)
Members of the offensive line, Running back Michael Turner, fullback Ovie Mughelli, defensive end John Abraham, defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux and middle
linebacker Curtis Lofton will get a lot of attention from the coaches and players. Lofton should be able to overtake San Franciso’s Patrick Willis. If Willis is so good, the 49ers would be 3-7. Also, he didn’t do much when they played the Falcons.
The fans, players and coaches vote for the teams. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the teams. The players and coaches will vote on Dec. 22 and 23.
The teams will be announced at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28 on a special NFL Total Access 2011 Pro Bowl Selection Show on NFL Network. The 2011 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 at 7 p.m. ET at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.