Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf among top vote-getters by fans for Pro Bowl

Lindsey Wisniewski
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Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf among top vote-getters by fans for Pro Bowl originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

The Pro Bowl fan votes are in, and many Seattle Seahawks players made the list.

To no surprise, Russell Wilson is one of the top vote-getters for the 2021 Pro Bowl. He trailed Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes by roughly 7,200 fan votes with 335,156 votes total, the most in the NFC. If selected, this will be Wilson’s eighth Pro Bowl appearance.

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Wilson has already surpassed several historic milestones this season. In Week 14 vs. the Jets, the Seahawks franchise quarterback became the first quarterback in NFL history with a winning record in each of his first nine seasons. He’s helped lead the Seahawks to a 10-4 record with a battle for the NFC West with the Los Angeles Chargers up next.

Second-year wide receiver DK Metcalf has the most votes of any receiver in the NFL with 271,558 after a phenomenal 1,223 yards and 10 touchdowns in 14 games. He’s just 64 yards away from passing Steve Largent’s 35-year franchise record (1,287) for the most receiving yards by a receiver in team history. This would be Metcalf’s first Pro Bowl nod.

Six-time Pro Bowl linebacker Bobby Wagner registered 204,059 votes, the most of any interior linebacker in the league. He’s currently ranked sixth in the NFL with 126 tackles and has recorded three sacks, a fumble recovery, and eight pass deflections through 14 games for Seattle.

Other players to make the list include Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs, who received approximately 116,065 votes from the fans. Diggs has never made a Pro Bowl since joining the league in 2015 as a sixth-round pick by the Detroit Lions. He currently leads the Seahawks with four interceptions and he also has nine pass defensed. 

Fullback Nick Bellore is currently leading all special teams’ players in votes with 132,220 and could make the Pro Bowl for the first time in his 10-year career. Bellore has excelled on special teams this year, notching 12 tackles.

Pro Bowl teams are chosen by a combination of fan voting, media and coaches. The league will announce the 2021 Pro Bowl teams on Monday evening. The game itself has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s the first time the Pro Bowl has been canceled since 1949. Owners voted to hold the 2022 version in Las Vegas if it happens.