It is Election Day in our great country, so make sure you go out and fulfill your civic responsibility by voting. In keeping with the election spirit, fans can vote for the players they want to watch in the 2013 Pro Bowl over at NFL.com. Let’s do all we can to send as many 49ers players to the Pro Bowl as possible.
The 49ers have 27 players on the Pro Bowl ballot, including all 11 starters on offense and defense. From what I can tell, it looks like all of the starters of each team are on the ballot. Still, most of the 49ers on offense, defense and special teams deserve votes for the Pro Bowl. The amount of San Francisco players who will actually make it to the Pro Bowl will be determined in the second-half of the season.
When you search through the ballot you will notice a few things odd for the 49ers. Tight end Delanie Walker is on the ballot, but he is listed at fullback. Walker has been on the field for some plays at fullback this season, but does that warrant him being listed as a fullback on the ballot? They might as well list Isaac Sopoaga and Anthony Dixon who have also been on the field at fullback. The Niners defense does not have defensive ends in their formations because all of the linemen are listed as tackles. So Justin Smith and Ray McDonald are listed under defensive tackles leaving the 49ers with no one listed under defensive end on the ballot. One surprise on the list was Mario Manningham who has only 28 receptions for 278 yards and 1 touchdown this season. Why not list Randy Moss or even Kyle Williams who have almost the same numbers so far this season?
Here is the breakdown of 49ers players to vote for the Pro Bowl:
Quarterback: Alex Smith
Running Back: Frank Gore
Wide Receiver: Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham
Fullback: Bruce Miller, Delaine Walker
Tight End: Vernon Davis
Tackle: Anthony Davis, Joe Staley
Center: Jonathan Goodwin
Guard: Alex Boone, Mike Iupati
Defensive Tackle: Ray McDonald, Justin Smith, Isaac Sopoaga
Inside Linebacker: Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman
Outside Linebacker: Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks
Cornerbacks: Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown
Safety: Donte Whitner (SS), Dashon Goldson (FS)
Kicker: David Akers
Punter: Andy Lee
Kick Returner: Ted Ginn
Special Teams Player: C.J. Spillman
The Pro Bowl in recent years has become a joke with players performing like the season is already over and they are vacation in Hawaii. Oh, wait. We all know the players don’t give maximum effort which is why many fans, including me, never tune-in to watch the Pro Bowl. It was so bad at the last Pro Bowl that Commissioner Roger Goodell threatened to cancel the game because of the lack of effort by the NFC and AFC players. Goodell received a promise from players the game will be more competitive and so he green lighted the 33rd Pro Bowl to take place in Hawaii on January 27.