Patrick Willis is the first player in the history of the San Francisco 49ers to make five consecutive Pro Bowls to start a career.
The star linebacker is on pace to make it six straight appearances in the league’s annual All-Star game with 2013 Pro Bowl vote standings being released on Wednesday. Willis leads the NFC linebacker vote with 91,609 selections with five weeks left in the voting prior to the Dec. 26 Pro Bowl Selection show on NFL Network.
Besides Willis, three other 49ers lead their respective positions in the NFC. Pro Bowl kicker David Akers (60,113), guard Mike Iupati (64,094) and special teams standout C.J. Spillman (35,857) also lead their respective categories.
As for the top vote-getter, that honor goes to Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning who leads the NFL with 376,981 votes to date.
2013 Pro Bowl voting will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones through Monday, Dec. 17.
Fans can also purchase tickets to the event starting later this month at NFL.com/probowl.
The AFC and NFC All-Star squads are based on the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 43-man rosters that represent the American Football Conference and National Football Conference in the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on December 20-21.
The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league to offer online All-Star voting in 1995.
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