The NFL Pro Bowl is made up of the stars of the game, as decided by the fans, the coaches, and the players. One third of that decision making process is now complete, with the fan voting closed as of this past Monday. The official Pro Bowl selections will be made next week, once the player and coach voting is complete, but we at least can take a look at the final results for the fan voting, and some Miami Dolphins players at least made a good showing among the fans.
The top ten overall players receiving votes were dominated by the quarterbacks, who claimed positions one through five. The New England Patriots' Tom Brady claimed the top spot, beating out the Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton by 468 votes. The Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton, the Arizona Cardinals' Carson Palmer, and the Green Back Packers' Aaron Rodgers rounded out the top five.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski received the sixth most votes, followed by New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson complete the top ten.
The Dolphins saw players pop up in the voting at a few positions. Mike Pouncey finished sixth in the center voting. Ndamukong Suh finished sixth at defensive tackle. Jarvis Landry ended the voting in the seventh position for the return specialists. Matt Darr, in his rookie season, was tenth in the fan vote.
Miami had one more player tally enough votes to show up in the top ten at his position. In the initial update after voting opened, safety Reshad Jones was ninth at strong safety. He was seventh in the second update, then sixth in the third release of the votes. In the final standings, Jones jumped up to fourth at the position, and appears to be in strong standing for making his first career Pro Bowl.
The official Pro Bowl Selection Show will air live on NFL Network on Tuesday, December 22, at 8pm ET.