The Buccaneers may not have given their best stump speech of the 2012 campaign on Sunday in New Orleans, but Tampa Bay fans can certainly still appreciate the entire body of work of several of the team’s top performers this year. And they can still help reward those outstanding Bucs with a trip to this year’s Pro Bowl through online balloting on NFL.com.
But they have to move fast. The fan-voting portion of the Pro Bowl selection process ends on Monday night, at the same time the Monday Night Football game between the Jets and the Titans comes to a close. That means it’s essentially now or never: Click here to go to a Pro Bowl ballot right now.
The Bucs had one Pro Bowler last year in guard Davin Joseph, though a return trip isn’t in the cards for Joseph as he has missed the entire season with a knee injury. Fellow guard Carl Nicks, a Pro Bowler last year while a member of the New Orleans Saints, is also on injured reserve. There are plenty of Bucs still performing at a high level, however, who could become part of the NFC squad with enough votes. After the fan voting is finalized, league players and coaches will complete the three-pronged selection process this week and then the teams will be announced on the NFL Network next Wednesday night.
A number of Buccaneers are among league leaders in various categories, from Doug Martin to Vincent Jackson to Lavonte David, and we ran down some of those last week; follow the link to review. There are other strong performers whose good work on the field doesn’t necessarily have gaudy statistics attached to it, but are also worthy of your votes. For instance, last week we also took a look at the outstanding season of left tackle Donald Penn, another former Pro Bowler, in the Captain’s Blog.
So cast your votes on Monday night, and maybe the Buccaneers will end up with multiple all-stars for the first time since 2008.