Pro Bowl voting features 4 leaders with Alabama roots

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Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has risen to fourth in the fan voting for the NFL’s Pro Bowl.

The former Alabama All-American’s 185,494 votes trail only Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook.

Along with Henry, who tops the AFC running backs, other players with Alabama football roots among the position leaders in the voting include the Houston Texans’ Zach Cunningham, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Carlton Davis and Pittsburgh Steelers’ Minkah Fitzpatrick.

The NFL released on Thursday the second report on the online voting, which began on Nov. 17.

Henry, who had 126,799 votes in the first report last week, leads the NFL with 1,257 rushing yards.

A former Pinson Valley High School standout, Cunningham had 45,543 votes at 7 a.m. CST Wednesday to lead the AFC’s inside linebackers. Cunningham also topped the position voting last week with 27,731. In his fourth season with the Texans, Cunningham leads the NFL with 110 combined tackles and 71 solo tackles in 2020.

A former Auburn standout, Davis leads the NFC cornerbacks with 45,387 votes. Davis, who leads the NFL with 16 passes defended this season, overtook the New Orleans Saints’ Marshon Lattimore, who led the position with 31,053 votes last week.

A former Alabama standout, Fitzpatrick leads the AFC’s free safeties with 121,028 votes. Fitzpatrick overtook the Denver Broncos’ Justin Simmons, who led the position with 74,568 votes last week.

Davis, Fitzpatrick and Simmons are the only players in the NFL with at least four interceptions and 50 tackles this season.

Last week, the Baltimore Ravens’ Marlon Humphrey, a former Hoover High School and Alabama standout, led the AFC cornerbacks with 53,821 votes. This week’s leader at the position is the Miami Dolphins’ Xavien Howard with 66,004 votes.

Mahomes continues to draw the most support with 206,525 votes. Last week, the Chiefs QB topped the voting at 143,355.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Pro Bowl will not be played as scheduled in January. But the NFL still is selecting the rosters for the annual all-star game as usual.

Fans can vote online for their Pro Bowl favorites through Dec. 17. Voting also is taking place via “Madden NFL 21” and “Madden NFL 21” Mobile on consoles. The ballot for this season’s Pro Bowl includes 77 players from Alabama high schools and colleges.

Fans 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 name. All three methods must include “#ProBowlVote.”

NFL players and coaches will make their Pro Bowl selections on Dec. 18.

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

After the all-stars are selected, virtual Pro Bowl games will be played in “Madden NFL 21” in matchups featuring celebrities, former NFL stars, current players and professional gamers. EA Sports also will drop Pro Bowl content in-game so players can stage their own Pro Bowls.

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