Early returns on Pro Bowl fan balloting don’t support the Bears.
Not surprisingly, there are Minnesota Vikings leading or among the leaders at many positions.
When you win, your fans show up at the polls (with multiple ballots). But the Bears’ skid of late has kept their supporters away from the polls, so far.
In the first numbers released by the league, the Bears have three players among the leading vote getters at their position:
Center Olin Kreutz, 5th
Returner Devin Hester, 3rd
Outside linebacker Lance Briggs, 5th
Briggs trails Dallas’ DeMarcus Ware, Minnesota’s Chad Greenway, New Orleans’ Scott Fujita and Green Bay’s Aaron Kampman.
Quarterback Jay Cutler is not in the top five. The leading NFC quarterbacks are: Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning and Matt Ryan.
Fan balloting right here counts one-third in the selection process for the Pro Bowl that will be played in Miami this year.