The polls are now open!

Starting last week fans may vote to select players for the 2017 Pro Bowl to be played on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida and televised live on ESPN. Voting is available online and on web-enabled mobile phones by going to NFL.com/probowlvote and will be open through Tuesday, December 13.

The Pro Bowl players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 16.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 20 live on NFL Network.

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.

Quarterback TOM BRADY led all vote-getters last year, while quarterbacks Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Carson Palmer and Aaron Rodgers rounded out the top five.

The 2017 Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC game format following three years using a revised, “unconferenced” format. The following is a breakdown of positions and the corresponding numbers of players who will be selected (88 total):

OFFENSE – Wide Receivers (8), Tight Ends (4), Tackles (6), Guards (6), Centers (4), Quarterbacks (6), Running Backs (6), Fullbacks (2)

DEFENSE – Defensive Ends (6), Interior Linemen (6), Outside Linebackers (6), Inside/Middle Linebackers (4), Cornerbacks (8), Safeties (6)

SPECIAL TEAMS – Punters (2), Placekickers (2), Return Specialists (2), Special Teamers (2), Need Players (2-Coach’s Choice)

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on October 25. Fans may visit ProBowl.com for additional information on the re-imagined Pro Bowl Week, which features a variety of free, family-friendly events in Orlando.

Leading up to the Pro Bowl, the NFL will host new activities to celebrate all levels of the sport at Walt Disney World Resort and throughout Orlando.

Highlights of PRO BOWL WEEK festivities include:

Pro Bowl AFC and NFC practices will be held alongside youth football competitions, activities and fan events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, which annually hosts more than 100 youth sports events, such as the Pop Warner Super Bowl.

The 2017 Pro Bowl players will also be able to invite their former youth or high school coach to be a part of the celebrations during the week. Players on the winning Pro Bowl team will receive a grant from the NFL Foundation to support their youth or high school football program.

The first-ever NFL Women’s Career in Football Forum will be held in conjunction with USA Football’s Women’s World Football Games at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. The forum will prepare women for careers in football operations, including coaching, officiating and scouting.

NFL FLAG Championships and Punt, Pass, and Kick National Championships will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. The 13-14 Boys Championship Game will be aired on ESPN as part of the network’s broadcast of the Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium.

The annual USA Football National Conference will take place at the Orange County Convention Center during the weekend of Pro Bowl. USA Football, the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, leads the largest annual conference of high school and youth football administrators and high school coaches in the United States. More than 650 participants from all 50 states attended USA Football’s 2016 National Conference in Indianapolis, addressing coach education, player safety and key trends through inspiring speakers representing youth, high school, collegiate and pro levels.

The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award winner will be announced during the Pro Bowl as part of a year-long recognition of high school coaches on ESPN. The award honors high school football coaches that display the integrity, achievement and leadership exemplified by Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history.

Pro Bowl festivities for youth and their families will take place throughout the week across Orlando, including a Pro Bowl-themed 5k run and a parade of Pro Bowl players in the Magic Kingdom.

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In other Pro Bowl news…

The National Football League announced during the Houston-Denver game that Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis, All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez, two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl XXXV MVP Ray Lewis and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and All-Pro defensive back Charles Woodson will serve as 2017 Pro Bowl Legends Captains.

The 2017 Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format following three years using a revised, “unconferenced” structure. Each conference will be led by two Legends Captains – one offensive and one defensive. Bettis (offense) and Lewis (defense) will lead the AFC, while Gonzalez (offense) and Woodson (defense) will lead the NFC. During Pro Bowl Week, the four Legends Captains will serve as mentors for the Pro Bowl players, coach practices,and be present on the sidelines on gameday.

The game will be played on Sunday, January 29, 2017 and simulcast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Fans may vote to select players for the 2017 Pro Bowl online and on web-enabled mobile phones at http://www.NFL.com/probowlvote. Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 20 live on NFL Network.

Tickets to the 2017 Pro Bowl go on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, October 25. Fans may visit NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale to purchase tickets.

Jerome Bettis – A member of the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, Bettis was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl champion (XL) during his 13-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles and St. Louis Rams. Bettis the 2001 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, finished his career with 13,662 rushing yards and ranks sixth among the NFL’s all-time rushing leaders.

“Playing in the Pro Bowl was always exciting for me,” said Bettis. “It meant a lot to be recognized as one of the best in the game, and I’m looking forward to returning as a captain and sharing in the experience with the current and next generation of football’s best.”

Tony Gonzalez – Gonzalez, who starred for the Atlanta Falcons and Kansas City Chiefs during his 17 NFL seasons, stands as the NFL’s all-time leader in receiving yards (15,127), receptions (1,325) and touchdowns (111) by a tight end. The All-Pro tight end’s 14 Pro Bowl appearances are tied for the most all time. He ranks as the Pro Bowl all-time leader in receptions (42) and touchdowns (6).

“Some of my favorite NFL memories were from my Pro Bowl trips,” says Gonzalez. “One thing that made my Pro Bowl experiences so special was getting to share them with my family. Pro Bowl Week in Orlando brings that to a whole new level and I’m excited to be a part of this event that brings together the entire football community – players, coaches, families and fans – to celebrate the game’s best.”

Ray Lewis – A 13-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champion (XXXV and XLVII), linebacker Lewis played his entire 17-year NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens. Lewis, a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2000, 2003) and Super Bowl XXXV MVP, is the only player in NFL history with at least 40 career sacks and 30 career interceptions. He led the Ravens in tackles in 14 of his 17 seasons and his 50 total takeaways are the second-most by a linebacker in NFL history.

“It was always a great honor to be selected to the Pro Bowl and play among an elite group of players,” says Lewis. “The return to the traditional AFC-NFC format will add another level of excitement to the game this year. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to come back as a captain to lead the AFC and help inspire young athletes who hope to one day be on the Pro Bowl stage.”

Charles Woodson – A nine-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl champion (XLV), Woodson returns to the Pro Bowl stage as a captain having played in the game in 2016. Woodson, the 2015 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award winner, was a standout defensive back for the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders during his 18 NFL seasons. The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2009) ranks sixth on the NFL’s all-time interceptions list (65) and is tied for the most career defensive touchdowns (13).

“Playing in the Pro Bowl last year and now coming back as a captain is really special. I’m excited to return and take part in the week-long celebration of football’s best,” said Woodson. “I learned a lot from the veterans I played alongside during my career and now I have the opportunity during Pro Bowl Week to give back and impact current players and young athletes.”

This year, the Pro Bowl is more than just a matchup of the NFL’s biggest stars. It’s a week-long celebration that that will unite and inspire the entire football community. In addition to their roles on the sidelines, the 2017 Pro Bowl Legends Captains will take part in the unprecedented number of youth activities and community events during Pro Bowl Week. Highlights of Pro Bowl Week festivities at Walt Disney World Resort and throughout Orlando include:

2017 Pro Bowl players and Legends Captains will be able to invite their former high school coach to be a part of the week’s celebrations. Players on the winning Pro Bowl team will receive a grant from the NFL Foundation to support their youth or high school football program.

NFL FLAG Championships and Punt, Pass and Kick National Championships will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. The 13-14 Boys Championship Game will be aired on ESPN as part of the network’s broadcast of the Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium.

The first-ever NFL Women’s Career in Football Forum will be held in conjunction with USA Football’s Women’s World Football Games at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. The forum will prepare women for careers in football operations, including coaching, officiating and scouting.

The annual USA Football National Conference will take place at the Orange County Convention Center during the weekend of Pro Bowl. The conference, which drew more than 650 participants from all 50 states last year in Indianapolis, is the largest annual gathering of high school and youth football administrators and high school coaches in the U.S. This year, USA Football and the NFL have collaborated to add NFL coaches to National Conference programming to provide youth and high school officials the opportunity to learn from and network with those at the professional level. Super Bowl-winning (XXXV) Coach Brian Billick and former NFL Coach Mike Martz are among the many coaches and former NFL players who will address this year’s participants on a range of topics, including coach education, player safety and key trends.

The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award winner will be announced during the Pro Bowl as part of a year-long recognition of high school coaches on ESPN. The award honors high school football coaches that display the integrity, achievement and leadership exemplified by Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history.

Pro Bowl festivities for youth and their families will take place throughout the week across Orlando, including a Pro Bowl-themed 5K run at Epcot and a parade of Pro Bowl players and captains in the Magic Kingdom.

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