Veteran Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Ronde Barber, among the oldest non-kicking players in the league, was the top vote-getter among free safeties in NFC Pro Bowl team balloting among fans, it was announced Thursday.
Barber, a five-time Pro Bowler in his long career, was the only Buccaneer to win his position among the NFC's fan balloting, which counts for one-third of the overall Pro Bowl selection process. Coaches and players' votes will add to the fan vote to complete the Pro Bowl roster, set to be announced on Dec. 26 on NFL Network at 7 p.m. ET.
Other players from the NFC South were also selected by the fans, with both Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez and New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morestead winning their respective positions in the NFC.
Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed won the voting for the AFC's fan vote, which also featured Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Houston Texans running back Arian Foster.