Where 49ers rank in fans' Pro Bowl ballots


Where 49ers rank in fans' Pro Bowl ballots

With three weeks of Pro Bowl fan voting remaining, the Green Bay Packers and 49ers are proving to be popular among NFC fans.Ten Packers lead the voting at their respective positions. Sixteen players from the 49ers currently rank in the top-five at their respective positions, including top vote-getters Patrick Willis (inside linebacker) and Andy Lee (punter).The Pro Bowl teams are based on the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group's vote counts one-third toward determining the 43-man rosters that represent the AFC and NFC in the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on December 21-22.Fan voting online (nfl.comprobowl) runs through Monday, Dec. 19. The Pro Bowl teams to be Announced on December 27.NFC fan voting
(Through Nov. 30)Quarterbacks
1, Aaron Rodgers (Packers) 961818
2, Drew Brees (Saints) 655,655
3, Cam Newton (Panthers) 390,281
4, Matthew Stafford (Lions) 382,940
5, Eli Manning (Giants) 227,692Running backs
1, Adrian Peterson (Bears) 680,428
2, Matt Forte (Bears) 563,441
3, LeSean McCoy (Eagles) 553,868
4, Frank Gore (49ers) 356,393
5, Michael Turner (Falcons) 214,656 Fullbacks
1. John Kuhn (Packers) 189,046
2, Bruce Miller (49ers) 52,311
3, Jed Collins (Saints) 45,688
4, Tyler Clutts (Bears) 45,520
5, Tony Fiammetta (Cowboys) 39,228Wide receivers
1, Calvin Johnson (Lions) 743,335
2, Greg Jennings (Packers) 602,323
3, Steve Smith (Panthers) 465,977
4, Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals) 435,550
5, Jordy Nelson (Packers) 238,341Tight ends
1, Jimmy Graham (Saints) 434,436
2, Tony Gonzalez (Falcons) 234,749
3, Jason Witten (Cowboys) 230,927
4, Jermichael Finley (Packers) 228,291
5, Vernon Davis (49ers) 119,465Tackles
1, Chad Clifton (Packers) 244,037
2, Bryan Bulaga (Packers) 228,719
3, Jeff Backus (Lions) 140,077
4, Joe Staley (49ers) 131,877
5, Anthony Davis (49ers) 108,917
1, T.J. Lang (Packers) 197,247
2, Josh Sitton (Packers) 169,220
3, Mike Iupati (49ers) 139,585
4, Jahri Evans (Saints) 133,084
5, Steve Hutchinson (Vikings) 128,739Centers
1, Scott Wells (Packers) 266,549
2, Jonathan Goodwin (49ers) 118,877
3, David Baas (Giants) 108,510
4, Dominic Raiola (Lions) 100,364
5, Roberto Garza (Bears) 94,621Defensive ends
1, Jared Allen (Vikings) 488,239
2, Jason Babin (Eagles) 230,570
3, Julius Peppers (Bears) 203,876
4, Osi Umenyiora (Giants) 123,124
5, Charles Johnson (Panthers) 114,589Defensive tackles
1, Ndamukong Suh (Lions) 387,699
2, Justin Smith (49ers) 326,730
3, Cullen Jenkins (Eagles) 302,805
4, B.J. Raji (Packers) 218,854
5, Jay Ratliff (Cowboys) 86,558Outside linebackers
1, DeMarcus Ware (Cowboys) 356,194
2, Clay Matthews (Packers) 335,566
3, Brian Orakpo (Redskins) 175,961
4, Lance Briggs (Bears) 158,587
5, Sean Weatherspoon (Falcons) 123,662Inside linebackers
1, Patrick Willis (49ers) 257,776
2, Desmond Bishop (Packers) 240,564
3, Brian Urlacher (Bears) 182,686
4, A.J. Hawk (Packes) 141,206
5, NaVorro Bowman (49ers) 111,165Cornerbacks
1, Charles Woodson (Packers) 467,472
2, Chris Houston (Lions) 190,706
3, Nnamdi Asomugha (Eagles) 188,026
4, Carlos Rogers (49ers) 164,195
5, Charles Tillman (Bears) 122,865 Strong safety
1, Charlie Peprah (Packers) 88,409
2, Roman Harper (Saints) 86,087
3, Kam Chancellor (Seahawks) 60,960
4, Amari Spievey (Lions) 41,786
5, Kurt Coleman (Eagles) 39,761Free safety
1, Morgan Burnett (Packers) 151,085
2, Antrel Rolle (Giants) 49.573
3, Dashon Goldson (49ers) 44,665
4, Gerald Sensabaugh (Cowboys) 37,472
5, Earl Thomas (Seahawks) 37,430Kickers
1, Mason Crosby (Packers) 123,534
2, David Akers (49ers) 92,797
3, Dan Bailey (Cowboys) 71,292
4, Jason Hanson (Lions) 50,020
5, Robbie Gould (Bears) 44,248Punters
1, Andy Lee (49ers) 102,280
2, Tim Masthay (Packers) 61,380
3, Jon Ryan (Seahawks) 51,494
4, Mat McBriar (Cowboys) 46,774
5, Thomas Morstead (Saints) 31,137Kick returners
1, Devin Hester (Bears) 176,425
2, Randall Cobb (Packers) 76,799
3, Ted Ginn (49ers) 70,429
4, Darren Sproles (Saints) 43,190
5, Percy Harvin (Vikings) 28,839Special teamers
1, Jarrett Bush (Packers) 82,522
2, Blake Costanzo (49ers)44,985
3, Corey Graham (Bears) 41,776
4, Danny McCray (Cowboys) 39,636
5, Colt Anderson (Eagles) 36,442

49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine


49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

The NFL fined 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon $24,309 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s game against Washington.

Garçon, who was not penalized on the play, lowered his helmet and struck Washington safety Montae Nicholson at the end of an 8-yard pass reception in the second quarter.

In 2013, the NFL passed a rule that bans the ball carrier from initiating contact with the crown of his helmet in the open field.

Nicholson’s helmet flew off and he remained on the ground for a couple of minutes. He was evaluated for a possible concussion and shoulder injury. However, Nicholson was cleared and he returned to action.

After the play, Garçon and Washington safety D.J. Swearinger exchanged words, and Swearinger took a swipe at Garçon’s facemask. Swearinger was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The NFL fined Swearinger $9,115 for unnecessary roughness.

Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care


Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

SANTA CLARA – In less than a year since a group of former 49ers players came together to form the Golden Heart Fund, the non-profit organization has provided valuable assistance.

“We’ve made some progress with the idea of knowing there are some people in need, so we’ve been able to make some grants to some of the ex-Niners,” Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“We’ve been able to respond. This is more about us being able to give guys the ability to know they can have, as (former 49ers linebacker and Golden Heart Fund board member) Ron Ferrari says, a hand up not a hand out.”

The organization is in the midst of a fund-raising drive this week in conjunction with "Dwight Clark Day" on Sunday. The 49ers face the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium, and Clark will be the guest of honor. More than 35 players from the 49ers' first Super Bowl championship team are expected to be in attendance.

Clark played nine seasons for the 49ers and provided the most memorable play in franchise history with “The Catch” against Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship game, which propelled the organization to its first Super Bowl. Clark served as a front-office executive for a decade after his playing days.

In March, Clark announced he was diagnosed with ALS. He is scheduled to attend Sunday’s game and make some remarks at halftime from a suite.

“It’s unbelievable we are having an opportunity to celebrate an incredible day for this gentleman,” Lott said. “We can all say there was a moment in time in which we stood on his shoulders after making that catch. Now, we get a chance to lift him up a little bit and let him know how much we all care.”

Lott said Clark has been a champion of the Golden Heart Fund from its inception. Past and current 49ers ownership has supported the organization, which provides financial support for former 49ers players in times of physical, emotional and financial need.

“It’s the spirit of Dwight,” Lott said. “It’s more about the funds going in through his efforts. He’s paying it forward.”

--The public can made a direct contribution to the fund at GoldenHeartFund.org.

--Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Sunday’s game will benefit the Golden Heart Fund.

--Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the sales of Dwight Clark apparel purchased on game day will go to the fund.

--Half of all proceeds from admission to the 49ers Museum at Levi’s Stadium throughout the year will go to the charity.

-- On Sunday, Nov. 19, Levi’s Stadium and race grand marshal Roger Craig will host the first Golden Heart 4.9K Run with all proceeds from the event going to the Golden Heart Fund. Runners can register GoldenHeartRun.com.