Long, Faneca, Wilfork win Pro Bowl vote

Three AFC East grunts finished with the most votes at their positions in Pro Bowl fan balloting.

The NFL on Tuesday released the final votes, with Miami Dolphins tackle Jake Long, New York Jets guard Alan Faneca and New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork coming out on top.

The fan vote comprises one-third of the selection process. The coaches and players submit their choices next week. Pro Bowl rosters will be announced Dec. 29.

A rundown of AFC East players who finished in the top five at their positions:


2. Tom Brady, Patriots (801,461)

Comment: He finished eighth among all NFL players and fourth among all quarterbacks behind Drew Brees, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning.

Running back


Comment: Ricky Williams, Ronnie Brown and Thomas Jones don't make the top five. Who did? Chris Johnson, Cedric Benson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Ray Rice, LaDainian Tomlinson.


3. Tony Richardson, Jets (97,722)

4. Sammy Morris, Patriots (92,530)

Comment: Richardson made a late rally, jumping two spots from last week. But Ravens back Le'Ron McClain was way out in front.

Wide receiver

3. Randy Moss, Patriots (644,113)

5. Wes Welker, Patriots (461,311)

Comment: Whatever, fans. Welker won't have to worry about being snubbed. The players and coaches will put him in the Pro Bowl.

Tight end


Comment: Same as last year. No AFC East tight end deserves to be in the top five.


5. Dan Koppen (156,143)

Comment: Jets center Nick Mangold didn't make the top five, but he will make the Pro Bowl roster.


1. Alan Faneca, Jets (306,768)

5. Logan Mankins, Patriots (134,015)

Comment: Faneca appears to be on his way to a ninth straight Pro Bowl.


1. Jake Long, Dolphins (286,482)

4. Matt Light, Patriots (193,554)

Comment: Light slipped two spots from last week partially because of a surge of votes for Baltimore Ravens rookie Michael Oher.

Defensive end


Comment: Ex-Patriots star Richard Seymour finished fourth.

Defensive tackle

1. Vince Wilfork, Patriots (294,798)

Comment: Wilfork finished ahead of Baltimore's Haloti Ngata by more than 7,000 votes.

Outside linebacker

4. Joey Porter, Dolphins (178,310)

Comment: A disappointing season for the AFC's sack leader in 2008.

Inside linebacker

3. Jerod Mayo, Patriots (117,780)

Comment: Jets linebacker Bart Scott couldn't crack the top five, but no matter. Baltimore icon Ray Lewis was untouchable.


3. Darrelle Revis, Jets (272,503)

Comment: Champ Bailey was the people's choice with an insurmountable 443,018 votes.

Strong safety

3. Brandon Meriweather, Patriots (92,066)

Comment: Despite his injury, Troy Polamalu won the popular vote handily.

Free safety

5. Jairus Byrd, Bills (46,826)

Comment: Byrd, who leads the NFL with nine interceptions, wasn't on the ballot from the beginning because he wasn't a starter when it was drawn up.


3. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots (110,414)

Comment: Former Patriot Adam Vinatieri hasn't played since October, but finished first without any trouble.


5. Chris Hanson, Patriots (64,624)

Comment: Raiders punter Shane Lechler had more than double Hanson's votes.

Kick returner

4. Wes Welker, Patriots (92,290)

Comment: Joshua Cribbs, who returned two kicks for touchdowns Sunday, made up considerable ground and caught Darren Sproles.

Special teamer


Comment: So there.