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Eight Saints Recognized in Fan Pro Bowl Vote

Pro Bowl teams to be announced Tues., Dec. 28

Eight Saints finished in the top-five of their respective position in the NFL Fan Pro Bowl vote, the league announced on Wednesday.

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 towards 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 22-23.

The teams will be announced at 7:00 pm (ET) Tuesday, December 28 on a special *NFL Total Access 2011 Pro Bowl Selection Show *on NFL Network.

QB Drew Brees finished No. 5 overall in the Fan Vote with 971, 731 votes. Brees finished behind Eagles QB Michael Vick (1,522,437) in NFC quarterbacks.

FB Heath Evans was the only Saint to finish No. 1 at their position as he earned 207,936 votes. Along with Brees and Evans, TE Jeremy Shockey, OG Jahri Evans, C Jonathan Goodwin, LB Jonathan Vilma, and safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper all finished in the top-five of their respective position.

There was a record 98.59 million votes cast on NFL.com, on wireless phones and on Facebook. Fans cast 89.52 million votes on NFL.com, 8.50 million votes on their wireless phones and 570,000 votes on Facebook.

The 2011 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 30, 2011 and televised live on FOX at 7:00 pm (ET) at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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.

Listed below are the top 10 offensive and defensive vote-getters, the top five rookie-vote getters, and the players with the most fan votes at each position:

Listed below are the Pro Bowl Vote Totals that involve Saints players:

OVERALL BALLOT

New England Patriots        Brady, Tom             1877079

Philadelphia Eagles            Vick, Michael           1522437

Indianapolis Colts             Manning, Peyton     1130399

San Diego Chargers           Rivers, Philip    1039618

New Orleans Saints       Brees, Drew         971731

Minnesota Vikings             Peterson, Adrian     948410

Green Bay Packers             Rodgers, Aaron       900544

Houston Texans                Foster, Arian           710166

Jacksonville Jaguars           Jones-Drew, Maurice 707913

Atlanta Falcons                 Ryan, Matt              704817

NFC

QB

Philadelphia Eagles            Vick, Michael           1522437

New Orleans Saints       Brees, Drew         971731

Green Bay Packers             Rodgers, Aaron       900544

Atlanta Falcons                 Ryan, Matt              704817

Washington Redskins        McNabb, Donovan   458637

FB

New Orleans Saints       Evans, Heath        207936

Philadelphia Eagles            Schmitt, Owen        154302

Atlanta Falcons                 Mughelli, Ovie         140822

Washington Redskins        Sellers, Mike            137584

Minnesota Vikings             Tahi, Naufahu         127225

TE

Atlanta Falcons                 Gonzalez, Tony       458527

Washington Redskins        Cooley, Chris           340077

San Francisco 49ers           Davis, Vernon         325005

Dallas Cowboys                 Witten, Jason         280598

New Orleans Saints       Shockey, Jeremy  198499

GUARD

Green Bay Packers             Sitton, Josh            214013

Minnesota Vikings             Hutchinson, Steve   197870

New York Giants               Snee, Chris             181818

New Orleans Saints       Evans, Jahri         157478

Arizona Cardinals              Faneca, Alan           137425

CENTER

New York Giants               O'Hara, Shaun         232551

Green Bay Packers             Wells, Scott            191770

Chicago Bears                   Kreutz, Olin             175670

New Orleans Saints       Goodwin, Jonathan 175428

Atlanta Falcons                 McClure, Todd         154156

MIDDLE LB

Chicago Bears                   Urlacher, Brian        314584

San Francisco 49ers           Willis, Patrick           259330

Green Bay Packers             Hawk, A.J.              223626

New Orleans Saints       Vilma, Jonathan   179092

Washington Redskins        Fletcher, London     121740

Strong Safety

Washington Redskins        Landry, LaRon        208112

New Orleans Saints       Harper, Roman    117695

Arizona Cardinals              Wilson, Adrian        110218

Philadelphia Eagles            Mikell, Quintin         96094

New York Giants               Phillips, Kenny        85528

Free Safety

New York Giants               Rolle, Antrel            158478

Green Bay Packers             Collins, Nick            144671

New Orleans Saints       Jenkins, Malcolm 118478

Philadelphia Eagles            Allen, Nate              115335

Seattle Seahawks              Thomas, Earl           89016

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