Brady tops Vick for Pro Bowl balloting
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady racked up 1,877,079 votes, topping the list for the NFL’s 2011 Pro Bowl selections, the league announced Wednesday.
Brady beat out Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick in the final tally voted on by the fans.
The Patriots' signal caller overtook Vick, who led voting during the previous two weeks, by a 354,642-vote margin as the final results came in Monday.
The NFL announced a record 98.59 million votes cast this year as fans reportedly took to NFL.com, Facebook and their wireless phones to have their say in the All-Star process.
Brady earned his sixth Pro Bowl selection after leading New England to a 12-2 record with two games remaining on the schedule.
The three-time Super Bowl champion has completed 66.6 percent of his passes for 3,561 yards and 31 touchdowns this season. He has thrown just four interceptions and amassed a league-best 109.9 passer rating.
Vick has become one of the more remarkable stories in the NFL this season. He managed to take over the starting role from Eagles quarterback-of-the-future Kevin Kolb and has since displayed the skills that earned him three Pro Bowl appearances as a member of the Atlanta Falcons.
Vick has taken the league by storm in just his second season back in the NFL after serving 19 months on federal dogfighting charges. He has thrown for 2,755 yards and racked up another 613 on the ground, amassing 28 touchdowns in total and a 103.6 passer rating.
The Eagles are 10-4 under Vick's leadership and currently sit atop the NFC East with just two games remaining.
Players leading their position voting include Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu and Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney.
Foster is the NFL's leading rusher with 1,345 yards. An undrafted rookie, Foster also leads the league in rushing touchdowns (13) and yards from scrimmage (1,895). He finished eighth overall in fan voting (710,166).
"That's a nice gesture that the fans showed towards me," Foster said Wednesday. "It shows what they think about my game. It's humbling. It feels kind of good. It's nice to be recognized for the work that you've done."
Johnson, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, ranks fourth in yards receiving (1,216). Earlier this season, he became the first receiver in NFL history to catch at least 60 passes in his first eight seasons.
Foster and Johnson have been two of the few bright spots for the Texans (5-9), who are eliminated from playoff contention.
"I have bigger things in mind as far as from a team aspect," Johnson said, "but it's always great to have that honor of going to the Pro Bowl."
Top rookie selections for this year's Pro Bowl voting included Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.
Suh, the second overall draft pick out of Nebraska, is fifth on the team with 55 tackles and tied for first with eight sacks.
Bradford, the league's top overall draft pick in 2010, has completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 3,065 yards and 17 touchdowns in his rookie season.
Quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Drew Brees rounded out the top five in this year's votes.
The Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 30 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The teams for both the AFC and NFC will be announced Dec. 28 during the "Pro Bowl Selection Show" on NFL Network.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.