Originally Posted by SkinsandTerps
When did the fans start voting ?
Are you even serious with that response ?
You're overestimating the power of that 1/3 vote. Every year, there are multiple cases of players who win the fan vote and do not make the Pro Bowl (Remember the Ryan Plackemier campaign?), just as there are players whom fans don't even vote into the top 5 (thanks AdamJT13 for the info) who end up starting.
Coaches and players on each team vote for only the top 4 WR in their conference. In all likelihood, Bryant was snubbed by NFC coaches and players who didn't believe he was even one of the top 4 receivers.
But you know what, you can forget all of that, just go back over the last 17 seasons that fan voting has existed, and you still won't find a receiver who was in the top 5 in his conference in receptions, yards, and TD at the close of the voting who was passed over in favor of five players
who were not.