Falcons getting Pro Bowl attention

ATLANTA -- All throughout a 10-1 start, I’ve constantly heard from Atlanta fans about how the Falcons aren’t getting enough respect on a national level.

Well, maybe that’s starting to change.

I’ve got some updated numbers on Pro Bowl balloting, and the Falcons are pretty well represented. Fan voting continues until mid-December, and coaches and players will vote later in December. Fans, players and coaches each count as one third of the vote.

At the moment, Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez and guard Justin Blalock would be Pro Bowl starters, based only on the current fan vote. Tampa Bay safety Ronde Barber and New Orleans punter Thomas Morstead also would be NFC starters.

But the Falcons have a slew of players that are in the top five at their positions. Let’s take a look at which NFC South players rank in the top five in fan voting:


Running back


Wide receiver

Tight end

  • Tony Gonzalez, Falcons, No. 1



  • Justin Blalock, Falcons, No. 2


Defensive end

Defensive tackle

Outside linebacker

  • None in top five

Inside linebacker

  • None in top five


  • None in top five

Strong safety

Free safety

  • Ronde Barber, Buccaneers, No. 1



  • Thomas Morstead, Saints, No. 1


  • None in top five

Special teamer