Mathis leads the NFL in sacks with 15.5 and is a legitimate Defensive Player of the Year.
But Mathis is still not at the top of the Pro Bowl fan voting for outside linebackers. He trails Kansas City’s Tamba Hali (233,738 votes) and Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs (221,617) in the voting. Mathis has 217,191 votes.
I think Mathis should be higher than Hali and Suggs because they both only have nine sacks each. Mathis has also forced five fumbles this season.
Luck is sixth amongst quarterbacks with 399,523 votes and the ageless Vinatieri is eighth amongst kickers with 41,848 votes.
To no surprise, Denver’s Peyton Manning leads the voting with 926,432 votes.
Fan voting, which ends Dec. 26, accounts for one-third of the ballot. Coaches and players also have votes that count a third. They vote Dec. 23-26.