*Old school rocker Nils Lofgren isn’t gonna like this one bit, but a year and a half after being released from prison for dog fighting charges, Michael Vick is leading the vote getter for the upcoming NFL Pro Bowl.
As of Wednesday morning the the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback had 729,838 fan votes, nearly 39,000 more than second-place Peyton Manning, the NFL said Wednesday. Manning topped the balloting two weeks ago before being surpassed by Vick.
It’s the latest evidence many fans seem willing to forgive Vick for the vicious dogfighting operation that sent him to prison for 18 months – and embrace his stunning return to NFL stardom. A backup to start the season, Vick has led the Eagles to first place in the NFC East, accounting for 21 touchdowns and throwing just two interceptions.
Manning had 691,146 votes, which led the AFC, followed by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (623,074), Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (591,598) and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (547,340).
Online Pro Bowl voting ends Dec. 20. The teams are picked by a combination of fans’, players’ and coaches’ votes.
Rock guitarist Nils Lofgren is so outraged by the amount of praise heaped upon Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick that he took time out of his schedule to write an open letter about it “to the men and women of the sports reporting community.”
Read Lofgren’s open letter HERE.