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Steelers OLB T.J. Watt Still Tops in AFC Pro Bowl Vote



Steelers OLB T.J. Watt

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt remains the leading vote-getter among AFC outside linebackers in the voting for the 2024 NFL Pro Bowl Games, the NFL announced on Thursday.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa leads all vote-getters with 129,783 votes. San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (100,008), Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud (96,274), Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (87,355) and 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (84,613) round out the top five. The 49ers, Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles have received the most votes overall.

Watt is the only Steelers player that is currently in the top slot among AFC vote-getters. Micah Parsons of the Dallas Cowboys is the top NFC linebacker.

Watt has been a five-time Pro Bowl selection, earning honors in each of the last five seasons. He is also a four-time All-Pro selection and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2021. Watt was one of three Steelers players to be selected in 2023, along with defensive tackle Cam Heyward and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Watt is currently second in the NFL with 14 sacks, one behind Khalil Mack of the Los Angeles Chargers. He is tied for fourth with 14 tackles for loss and is second with 27 quarterback hits. Watt also has three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one returned for a touchdown, an interception and seven passes defended. He is among the favorites to be the 2023 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Pro Bowl games roster choices will be determined by the consensus vote of fans, players, and coaches. Only the fan votes are tabulated ahead of time.

The Pro Bowl Games will be held throughout the course of a week and will showcase 88 players’ talents in a new format that started in 2022. The AFC vs. NFC competition will be capped by a flag football game.

The games will be held on Feb. 1 and 4 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, in the week between the conference championship games and Super Bowl LVIII, which will take place on Feb. 11 in Las Vegas.

The Pro Bowl Games were held at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas last year, as well as the final Pro Bowl in 2022. Before that, it was held in Orlando from 2017-20.