Nov. 7, 2012
UT fans, you can help make a difference by voting for former Vols who are on the ballot for the NFL Pro Bowl. Among the players on the ballot are Peyton Manning, Arian Foster, Jason Witten, and Denarius Moore.
Here's a look at the Vols on the ballot:
Peyton Manning. With some outstanding performances during the first half of the season, Manning has reset the NFL Record Book.
His 330 yard passing effort against Houston (Sept. 23) gave him is 64th career 300-yard game passing Dan Marino (63) for most all-time.
Manning also just leap frogged Marino Nov. 4 by initiating his 48th career game-winning drive, passing Marino (47) for the most in the NFL since 1970.
For his efforts in October, he was named the AFC Conference Player of the Month and won his 22nd conference player of the week award, passing Tom Brady (21) for the most all-time.
Manning currently has 68 300-yard games, and in 2012, has completed 203-of-292 passes (69.5 percent comp. percentage - first in the NFL) for 2,404 yards (fourth) and 20 touchdowns (third) achieving a passer rating of 108.6 (first).
Prior to his bye week, Arian Foster led the NFL in rushing yards and rushing yards per game. He still leads the NFL with 10 rushing touchdowns and has recorded at least one touchdown in every game this season.
Foster has tallied 770 rushing yards (fifth in the NFL) on 192 attempts (first), recording 10 rushing touchdowns (first). Foster has also averaged 96.2 yards/game (fourth).
This season Robert Meachem, with a new team, has recorded 12 catches for 189 yards this season and two touchdowns.
Despite sitting out the first game with a hamstring injury, Denarius Moore has put up big numbers in his second NFL season making 30 catches for 485 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 16.2 yards/catch.
Jason Witten is another NFL Vol that has had a career season. Most recently, Witten became the Cowboys franchise leader for catches passing Michael Irvin (750) after making seven catches for 51 yards against Atlanta Nov. 4. Witten now has 754 career catches, third all-time amongst NFL tight ends.
This season, Witten also became the third tight end to hit 700 career receptions. He is currently second amongst NFL tight ends with 58 catches for 538 yards and his 67.2 yards/game also ranks second.
Ramon Foster has started all eight games for the Steelers at right guard during the 2012 season helping the Pittsburgh to 2,938 yards of total offense.
Aubrayo Franklin, like Robert Meachem is playing the 2012 season with the San Diego Chargers after playing 2011 in New Orleans. Franklin has started 7 of 8 games this season at nose tackle and has accumulated 14 tackles on the year including a season high four against the Atlanta Falcons.
Dan Williams of the Cardinals, has started six of Arizona's nine games at nose tackle making 15 tackles this season including a season-best four against Green Bay the last time out.
Before the Patriots had their bye week, Jerod Mayo was leading all NFL tacklers with 79 tackles accumulated in 2012. Mayo now currently sits second in the league and first in the AFC. Of his 79 tackles, 51 are solo.
To go along with his tackles, Mayo has also registered a sack and three passes defended as well as three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception.
Kevin Burnett has played and started all eight games for the Miami Dolphins this season at linebacker tallying 48 tackles, 1.5 sacks and five passes defended.
Returning this season after tearing his ACL last year in game three, Eric Berry is back. Berry has registered 40 tackles and an interception through eight games this year starting all eight games at strong safety.
After coming back from sports hernia surgery this summer, Jabari Greer has started six of seven games at left cornerback for the Saints, missing the first game of the year due to his injury. Greer has registered 24 tackles and an interception this season while defending six passes.
Both Colquitt brothers, Britton and Dustin are on the ballot.
Britton Colquitt has 31 punts for a 46.8 average with 15 punts inside the 20-yard line with the Denver Broncos.
Dustin Colquitt has 34 punts for a 46.0 average with 18 inside the 20-yard line with the Kansas City Chiefs.