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Fans can't vote for JPP or Cruz

Victor Cruz scores a late fourth quarter touchdown

Victor Cruz scores a late fourth quarter touchdown against the Miami Dolphins. (Oct. 30, 2011) Credit: David Pokress

There are three Giants players who are having Pro Bowl-type seasons. Fans can only vote for one of them.

That would be Eli Manning, who is certainly deserving and will almost certainly be in the group with Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees to represent the NFC in Hawaii (although one of the three might be too busy to attend, wink, wink).

But the two who are not on the NFL’s Pro Bowl ballot are Jason Pierre-Paul and Victor Cruz. Why is that?

“I don’t know what’s going on with these fan votings, I don’t know what the situation is about that, but Jason Pierre-Paul definitely needs to be in Hawaii this year,” Antrel Rolle said in his WFAN radio interview today.

Well, it’s because teams have to give the league two nominees at each of those positions in October, Giants senior vice president of communication Pat Hanlon told me, and at that point neither Cruz nor Pierre-Paul was even a starter on the team.

So when the Giants had to give two defensive ends, they went with Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck. When they had to nominate two receivers, they went with Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham.

Little did they know that Pierre-Paul and Cruz would emerge at their positions with the kind of velocity they have.

This doesn’t mean neither of them will be suntanning in Honolulu after the season. The fan voting only counts for one third of the overall voting for the Pro Bowl. The other two thirds come from the players and the coaches.

Still, it would be nice if the league was somehow able to adjust the balloting and include all of the players. Or at least add some as the season goes on. The voting is done online, so it doesn’t seem like it would be difficult to do that. If that were the case, Giants fans and fans across the country would at least be able to put in a late push for JPP and Victor Cruz.

It’d be a shame if they did not make the Pro Bowl because of that.

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