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Cowboys' Murray, Smith, Frederick, Martin, Bailey Recognized In Early Pro Bowl Fan Vote

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NFL Pro Bowl balloting is underway, and the NFL announced the leading vote-getters for the 2015 Pro Bowl. Five Cowboys are among the leading vote-getters at their positions in the 2015 Pro Bowl voting.

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Numbers released this week by the NFL show that DeMarco Murray is the top running back in fan voting and the fourth-highest vote getter among all NFL players. Offensive linemen Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin also lead their respective positions, and Dan Bailey also makes the list of early leaders. If they all end up making the Pro Bowl, Murray and Smith would be making their second Pro Bowl appearances while it would be the first Pro Bowl nomination for Frederick, Martin, and Bailey.

If you haven't voted for your favorite Cowboys players yet, go to NFL.com/ProBowl and cast your vote. Multiple times. Every day.

Balloting will conclude on Monday, December 15. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on December 19, and the Pro Bowl players will be announced on Tuesday, December 23. Players will later be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft during the week leading up to the game on January 25, 2015.

The Pro Bowl players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be eligible for the Pro Bowl Draft.

Here are the top ten vote-getters so far:

NFL's top-10 Pro Bowl vote-getters
Position Player Team Votes received
QB Peyton Manning DEN 359,598
QB Andrew Luck IND 284,575
QB Aaron Rodgers GB 280,394
RB DeMarco Murray DAL 263,097
QB Tom Brady NE 254,807
RB Le’Veon Bell PIT 210,331
WR Antonio Brown PIT 200,230
QB Philip Rivers SD 199,720
RB Arian Foster HOU 196,306
RB Matt Forte CHI 182,940

No love here for Tony Romo, who doesn't rank within the top five quarterbacks in early fan voting. On to the individual position leaders, where the Cowboys have five players at the top of their respective positions, including Zack Martin, who could manage the unusual feat of making the Pro Bowl in his rookie season.

NFL's leading vote-getters by position
Pos. Player Team Votes
Pos. Player Team Votes
QB Peyton Manning DEN 359,598 DE J.J. Watt HOU 155,819
QB Andrew Luck IND 284,575 DE DeMarcus Ware DEN 134,126
RB DeMarco Murray DAL 263,097 DT Marcell Dareus BUF 104,416
RB Le’Veon Bell PIT 210,331 DT Muhammad Wilkerson NYJ 91,610
FB John Kuhn GB 78,995 OLB Von Miller DEN 101,875
FB Darrel Young WAS 78,138 OLB Justin Houston KC 71,063
WR Antonio Brown PIT 200,230 ILB Luke Kuechly CAR 105,730
WR Demaryius Thomas DEN 182,922 ILB C.J. Mosley BAL 71,246
TE Rob Gronkowski NE 166,066 CB Kyle Fuller CHI 83,363
TE Julius Thomas DEN 148,461 CB Aqib Talib DEN 83,223
T Tyron Smith DAL 77,959 SS Kam Chancellor SEA 47,667
T Ryan Clady DEN 77,442 SS Antrel Rolle NYG 36,979
G Zack Martin DAL 68,896 FS Tashaun Gipson CLE 48,674
G Josh Sitton GB 55,333 FS Earl Thomas SEA 40,246
C Travis Frederick DAL 79,612 P Tress Way WAS 34,520
C Maurkice Pouncey PIT 72,836 P Pat McAfee IND 27,015
K Stephen Gostkowski NE 67,814 ST Matt Slater NE 36,679
K Dan Bailey DAL 57,618 ST Jarrett Bush GB 25,224
RS Devin Hester ATL 50,897
RS Adam Jones CIN 33,157

To the winners go the spoils?

The 7-2 Broncos lead all teams with seven players in the position leaders table above. The 7-3 Cowboys follow with five players, and the 6-3 Packers share third place with the 7-2 Patriots; both teams have three players on the list above.

Conspicuously absent from the list are the 8-1 Cardinals, the 7-2 Lions, and the 7-2 Eagles. Beautiful irony: the 3-6 Redskins have two players on the list and the 3-6 Giants have one player where the Eagles have none.

As it's still early in the voting process a lot of things may still change, especially when the players and coaches add their votes to the totals. Which in turn may bode well for other Cowboys players like Dez Bryant, Tony Romo, Jason Witten or even defenders like Rolando McClain or Henry Melton, who might well get more recognition from their peers than they do from the NFL fans.

In addition to the five players already at the top of the ballots, which other Cowboys players do you think will eventually make the trip to the Pro Bowl (their schedule permitting)?