Fans can begin voting to select players for the 2013 Pro Bowl, the NFL’s annual All-Star Game, the NFL announced today. Voting is available online and on web-enabled mobile phones by going to NFL.com/probowl.
Balloting will conclude on Monday, December 17 following the conclusion of Monday Night Football (New York Jets at Tennessee Titans, ESPN, 8:30 pm (ET)). The teams will beannounced at 7:00 pm (ET) Wednesday, December 26 on NFL Network’s “Total Access”.
The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 27, 2013 and televised live on NBC at 7:00 pm (ET) from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Fans may purchase tickets starting next month at NFL.com/probowl.
The AFC and NFC All-Star squads are based on the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 43-man rosters that represent the American Football Conference and National Football Conference in the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on December 20-21.
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.
Quarterbacks AARON RODGERS, TOM BRADY, DREW BREES were the top three vote-getters last year, while wide receivers CALVIN JOHNSON and WES WELKER rounded out the top five.
The following is a breakdown of positions and the corresponding numbers of players who will be selected in each conference (43 per conference):
|Wide Receivers (4)||Defensive Ends (3)||Punter (1)|
|Tight Ends (2)||Interior Linemen (3)||Placekicker (1)|
|Tackles (3)||Outside Linebackers (3)||Kick Returner (1)|
|Guards (3)||Inside/Middle Linebackers (2)||Special Teamer (1)|
|Centers (2)||Cornerbacks (3)||Need Player (1-Coach’s Choice)|
|Quarterbacks (3)||Safeties (3)|
|Running Backs (3)|