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Tua Tagovailoa leads all players in Pro Bowl voting

AL.com 12/7/2022 Mark Inabinett, al.com

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was not the leading vote-getter at his position in the NFL’s first update on Pro Bowl fan balloting on Nov. 28. But on Wednesday, the NFL announced the former Alabama All-American had collected the most votes so far.

Trailing the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes in the fan voting at AFC quarterback last week, Tagovailoa’s total jumped to 138,390 (at 11 a.m. CST Wednesday) as he replaced Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson as the overall leader.

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Four other players from Alabama colleges lead in the voting at their positions.

Minkak Fitzpatrick (Alabama) of the Pittsburgh Steelers continues to lead at AFC free safety with 87,131 votes – 30,825 more than at the first update.

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Derrick Henry (Alabama) of the Tennessee Titans continues to lead at AFC running back with 114,502 votes – 38,748 more than at the first update.

Tyreek Hill (West Alabama) of the Dolphins continues to lead at AFC wide receiver with 132,100 votes – 48,424 more than at the first update. Hill ranks fourth in the overall voting.

Jalen Hurts (Alabama) of the Philadelphia Eagles tops the NFC quarterback balloting with 107,990 votes. Last week, Hurts trailed the Seattle Seahawks’ Geno Smith.

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Eddie Jackson (Alabama) of the Chicago Bears led at NFC free safety at the first update with 54,291 votes. But Jackson has sustained a season-ending foot injury and went on injured reserve on Nov. 29. The new leader at NFC free safety is the New Orleans Saints’ Tyrann Mathieu with 44,674.

In September, the NFL eliminated the Pro Bowl game and replaced it with the Pro Bowl Games, a skills competition and flag-football contest for the selected players. But the Pro Bowl all-star honor remains.

The ballot for this season’s Pro Bowl includes 85 players with Alabama football roots. Fans can vote online for their Pro Bowl favorites through Dec. 15.

Fans also can vote via Twitter by tweeting the first and last names of a player, tagging the player’s Twitter handle or creating a hashtag from the player’s first and last names. All three methods must include “#ProBowlVote.”

NFL players and coaches will make their Pro Bowl selections on Dec. 16.

The choices made by fans, players and coaches will count one-third apiece toward determining the Pro Bowl rosters for the AFC and NFC teams.

The 7-on-7 flag football game featuring the Pro Bowl players will be held on Feb. 5 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas as the culmination of a multi-day AFC vs. NFC competition in which all-stars will demonstrate their football and non-football skills in a variety of competitions.

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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