Mahomes garners most Pro Bowl fan votes
The NFL’s richest quarterback and reigning Super Bowl MVP is also its most popular.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes received 342,353 total fan votes to lead all league players in balloting for the 2021 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Monday morning. Fan voting ended on Dec. 17.
Mahomes, who signed a record-breaking contract extension worth more than $500 million during the offseason, has led the Chiefs to a 13-1 record with two games remaining in the regular season. Through 14 games, Mahomes has passed for 4,462 yards and 36 touchdowns with just five interceptions.
The signal-caller, who earned his third straight Pro Bowl selection, isn’t the only player from the Chiefs’ roster who finished in the top five of fan voting.
Tight end Travis Kelce, who currently has 98 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns, came in fourth overall with 309,710 votes and is named to a sixth straight Pro Bowl.
Rounding out the top five were Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (second overall with 335,156 votes), Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (third with 315,359) and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (fifth with 309,131).
Chris Jones led the AFC’s defensive tackle position group with 167,510 votes, which was second overall at the position to Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who garnered 227,554 votes in NFC balloting. Jones, who now makes the Pro Bowl in consecutive years, leads the Chiefs’ defense with 6.5 sacks and 24 quarterback hits.
In total, the Chiefs have seven players represented on the AFC Pro Bowl squad, the league announced Monday evening. The Chiefs tied the Packers, Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens for most players to make the annual All-Star game.
Joining Mahomes, Kelce and Jones on the AFC roster are wide receiver Tyreek Hill, safety Tyrann Mathieu, defensive end Frank Clark and left tackle Eric Fisher.
Hill, who garnered his fifth straight Pro Bowl selection, has 83 catches for 1,211 yards and 15 touchdowns. He’s also rushed 13 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
Mathieu, a Pro Bowl snub in 2019 before being selected as a first-team All-Pro, makes his return as a Pro Bowl selection for the first time since 2015. The veteran safety leads the Chiefs’ defense with six interceptions and has 61 tackles through 14 games.
Clark makes his first Pro Bowl selection and ranks second on the team with five sacks, while Fisher was named to his second career Pro Bowl.
Pro Bowl rosters are determined by voting from fans, players and coaches. This year’s Pro Bowl will be played virtually, on the Madden video game, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.