Looks like all the offseason Deflategate fallout and recent stumbles in Denver coupled with the Eagles upset didn’t affect Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the ballot box.
The supportive friend of presidential candidate Donald Trump topped undefeated Carolina Panther’s quarterback Cam Newton by just 468 votes (701,554 to 701,086) to finish as the top vote-getter in the Pro Bowl fan balloting that ended Tuesday. The final Pro Bowl roster will be chosen by a combination of voting by players, coaches with another third going to the fan vote.
Brady has thrown 33 touchdowns so far this season putting up 4,138 yards passing (345-of-537). In 2014, Brady was named to the Pro Bowl for a franchise record 10th time in his 16-year career.
The Pro Bowlers be revealed on December 22 with the game taking place on January 31 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu but Patriots fans are hoping Brady will be 2,409 miles away preparing to play in Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on February 7. The teams will be selected by honorary captains Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice during a live Pro Bowl draft.
The top five vote-getters include injured Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (525,638 votes), Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (514,967 votes) and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (510,374 votes).
Other Patriots players putting up a good showing include tight end Rob Gronkowski with 509,251 votes, ranking him as the sixth leading vote-getter. Defensive end Chandler Jones finished with 258,486 votes. Fans also checked in with 220,920 votes for kicker Stephen Gostkowski. The top Patriots in the fan vote follows:
The Patriots have eight players among fans’ leading vote-getters by position in the Pro Bowl. pic.twitter.com/3o6UZjYYf4
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) December 17, 2015