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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Manning tops Brady in fan vote

By Mike Reiss

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finished second overall in fan Pro Bowl voting, topped only by Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Fan voting, which accounts for one-third of the selection process (players and coaches are the final two-thirds), concluded on Monday.

Brady finished with 908,099 votes, while Manning had 993,045.

In addition, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had the eighth highest vote total of all players, at 646,273. Gronkowski was the top vote-getter among AFC tight ends.

Pro Bowl teams will be named Wednesday, Dec. 26.

Here is a look at Patriots in the top five at their position:

Quarterback
2. Tom Brady

Running back
3. Stevan Ridley

Tight end
1. Rob Gronkowski
4. Aaron Hernandez

Wide receiver
3. Wes Welker

Offensive tackle
5. Nate Solder

Offensive guard
1. Logan Mankins
4. Dan Connolly

Cornerback
4. Devin McCourty

Defensive end
4. Chandler Jones
5. Rob Ninkovich

Defensive tackle
3. Vince Wilfork

Inside linebacker
1. Jerod Mayo
4. Brandon Spikes

Kicker
4. Stephen Gostkowski

Punter
2. Zoltan Mesko

Special teams
4. Matthew Slater