Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is the current leader in this season’s NFL Pro Bowl vote.
The veteran play-caller has amassed 654,309 votes thus far after a fantastic start to the season at Mile High stadium. The Broncos currently boast a 9-1 record, and look set to go deep into the play-offs this season.
Second on the list, released by NFL Media earlier today (Thursday), is New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees. He has 540,036 votes to his name, and is on course for another 5,000-yard season at the Superdome.
Jamaal Charles completes the top three, with the Kansas City Chiefs running back amassing 453,761 votes for this season for the NFL’s surprise package.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch are also in the top five, and will all hope to remain in the top positions when voting closes in five weeks time on Thursday, 26th December.
This season’s event will take place at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on the 26th January – one week before the Superbowl. It’s the first time the Pro Bowl is ‘unconferenced’, with a draft of the best players set to take place in the week leading up to the match.
It remains to be seen whether the game will capture the imagination more than the classic NFC v AFC rivalry, which began in 1971 but was axed last year in favour of the new format.
Players currently completing the top ten fan vote leaders include Adrian Peterson, Jimmy Graham, A.J. Green, LeSean McCoy and Dez Bryant.