The window has closed on the opportunity for NFL fans to vote for who they feel is deserving of Pro Bowl recognition this season. With the fans voting totals counting for one-third of the total tally for the 2012 Pro Bowl, a few of Buffalo’s players were given a good head start with player and coach Pro Bowl ballots being cast this week.
George Wilson placed second among AFC strong safeties with 170,290 votes. Wilson is the team’s second-leading tackler this season and leads the club in interceptions with four. Only Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu sits ahead of him in fan voting.
At the quarterback position Ryan Fitzpatrick is just outside the pool of AFC signal callers taken for the Pro Bowl. Fitz is fourth in fan voting for AFC quarterbacks with Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Tim Tebow the top three at the position.
Buffalo’s leading tackler Nick Barnett ranked fourth in Pro Bowl fan voting at the inside linebacker position for the AFC. Baltimore’s Ray Lewis, Indy’s Pat Angerer and Cleveland’s D’Qwell Jackson had more votes.
And Jairus Byrd was among the top five vote getters for AFC free safeties garnering just over 51-thousand votes. Byrd leads the Bills in forced fumbles with three, stands third in tackles and is tied for third in interceptions.
Bills RB Fred Jackson was among the leading fan vote getters in the entire league at the midway point of the season, but his unfortunate leg injury landed him on injured reserve making him ineligible for the Pro Bowl.
The NFL will reveal the Pro Bowl rosters on Tuesday Dec. 27th at 7 pm on NFL Network.