The first round of Pro Bowl voting is out and look here — Larry Fitzgerald is leading all wide receivers in votes and easily tops the NFC with 328,451 votes. He’s actually fifth overall, behind Saints QB Drew Brees, Colts QB Peyton Manning, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, and Vikings QB Brett Favre.
The other big leader is strong safety Adrian WIlson, who has almost twice the number of votes as the No. 2 NFC safety, Roman Harper. Free safety Antrel Rolle is second in the NFC at his position, although the Saints’ Darren Sharper has six times the amount of votes as Rolle. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is fourth in the NFC, behind the Eagles’ Asante Samuel, the Vikings’ Antoine Winfield and the Packers’ Charles Woodson. Darnell Dockett is fourth among defensive tackles, behind the Vikings’ Pat Williams and Kevin Williams and the Redskins’ Albery Haynesworth. (The NFL only releases the top five vote-getters at every position in each conference). Voting is ongoing for fans.
The one name conspicuous in its absence? Quarterback Kurt Warner. That’s what happens when Favre comes to the conference right? But right now Warner doesn’t rank among the top five in the NFC, trailing Brees, Favre, the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, the Giants’ Eli Manning and the Falcons’ Matt Ryan.
No matter. Knowing Warner, he’s less concerned about a possible Pro Bowl berth and happier he’s been named USA Weekend’s “Most Caring Athlete” for 2009. From the press release announcing the honor: “Kurt and Brenda Warner established the ‘First Things First’ foundation in 2001 and have personally contributed more than $1.5 million since then to host trips to Disney for Make-A-Wish families, furnish homes for low income single moms, and host Punt, Pass and Kick clinics with Special Olympic athletes, to name just a few of their initiatives. After visiting flood-ravaged regions in 2008, he created a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to sponsor home builds throughout the Midwest and those efforts have raised over $675,000.”
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