ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – With the fan portion of voting wrapped up for the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl, quarterback Peyton Manning received the most fan votes.
He's one of just two players to have topped 1 million votes -- his 1,432,257 led second-place Drew Brees by 226,257 votes.
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Manning is joined by guard Zane Beadles as the two Broncos who lead their position groups. David Bruton, Julius Thomas, Manny Ramirez and Trindon Holliday are right behind them in second place at their respective positions, and Demaryius Thomas and Matt Prater are both in third.
Nineteen Broncos ranked in the top 10 of their positions in fan voting. The table to the right contains the full list of Broncos among the top 10 vote-getters for their respective positions. The Pro Bowl players will be announced later on Friday, December 27.
Players will later be assigned to teams through the first-ever Pro Bowl Draft, which will air on NFL Network during the week leading up to the game.
The 2014 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 26, 2014 and televised live on NBC at 5 p.m. MT from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
For the first time ever, the Pro Bowl will be "unconferenced."
Gone is the familiar AFC vs. NFC match-up that has existed since 1971. Instead, players will be selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players. For example, the top six quarterbacks following voting will earn distinction as All-Stars, regardless of how many are from AFC or NFC teams.
The Pro Bowl players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group's vote counts one-third toward determining the 86 All-Star players who will be eligible for the Pro Bowl Draft. Two "need" players will be also chosen by each head coach and must be long snappers.
NFL players and coaches cast their votes December 23-26. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.