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Chiefs, 49ers get 8 players each for Pro Bowl

Chiefs, 49ers get 8 players each for Pro Bowl; Denver's Manning selected for 13th year

Chiefs, 49ers get 8 players each for Pro Bowl

HONOLULU (AP) -- Kansas City and San Francisco each have had eight players voted into the Pro Bowl, including running backs Jamaal Charles of Chiefs and Frank Gore of the 49ers.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning was selected to his 13th Pro Bowl after receiving the most votes among fans, 1.43 million. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees was second among fans with 1.2 million votes.

The NFL combines votes from fans, players and coaches to determine 86 of 88 Pro Bowl players; the other two players are long-snappers selected by Pro Bowl coaches. Voting ended Thursday.

Under a new format this year, NFL greats Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will divide the players in a two-day draft before the Jan. 26 game. Offensive and defensive players with the most votes who don't make it past the divisional playoff round will serve as active player captains.

The schoolyard-style selections mean it's likely teammates will play on opposite sides. Players on the winning team will earn $53,000 while the losers will get $26,000 under the collective bargaining agreement.

Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman received 552,600 votes by fans, the most for any defensive player. Houston defensive end J.J. Watt had just under 410,000 fan votes.

All but five teams had at least one player selected. Atlanta, Green Bay, Jacksonville and both New York teams had zero players selected.

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Oskar Garcia can be reached on Twitter at http://twitter.com/oskargarcia

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AP sports writers Dave Skretta in Kansas City, Mo., and Arnie Stapleton in Denver contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-05-08 00:27 GMT+08:00