Quarterbacks DREW BREES of the New Orleans Saints, JAY CUTLER of the Denver Broncos and DONOVAN MCNABB of the Philadelphia Eagles are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on September 4 – 8, while running backs MATT FORTÉ of the Chicago Bears, WILLIE PARKER of the Pittsburgh Steelers and MICHAEL TURNER of the Atlanta Falcons are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week honors, the NFL announced today.
Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com/FedEx from 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday through 3 p.m. EST on Friday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday evening on NFL.com.
Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. As part of the Air and Ground program for the first time, FedEx is teaming up with Safe Kids USA – a national non-profit organization that works to prevent accidental injury among children – to deliver safer kids by making weekly $1,000 donations in the winning players’ names. The funding directly benefits local Safe Kids coalitions in that team’s city, to fund pedestrian safety improvements throughout the year. This year, FedEx celebrates its fifth year of the program and will surpass the $1 million mark in funding to create safer communities for children.
New this season, fans can tune into the “FedEx Air & Ground Lowdown” posted only on NFL.com/FedEx starting Tuesday evenings. The show examines the nominees in the Air & Ground categories through exclusive video highlights and expert analysis. NFL Network’s MARSHALL FAULK and TERRELL
DAVIS host the weekly five-minute show.
A closer look at the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week finalists:
. New Orleans’ DREW BREES completed 23 of 32 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints’ 24 – 20 win over AFC South rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
. Denver’s JAY CUTLER completed 16 of 24 passes for 299 yards and threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Broncos’ 41 – 14 win over the Oakland Raiders.
. Philadelphia’s DONOVAN MCNABB passed for 361 yards, scored three touchdowns and completed 21 of 33 passes in the Eagles’ 38 – 3 win over the St. Louis Rams.
A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:
. Chicago’s MATT FORTÉ rushed for 123 yards over 23 carries and scored one 50-yard touchdown in the Bears’ 29 – 13 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
. Pittsburgh’s WILLIE PARKER carried the ball 25 times for 138 yards and three touchdowns in the Steelers’ 38-17 win over the Houston Texans.
. Atlanta’s MICHAEL TURNER ran for 220 yards over 22 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Falcons 34 – 21 win over the Detroit Lions. Turner’s 220 yards broke the Falcons’ record for rushing yards in a single game.
FedEx, the premier global provider of transportation, e-commerce and supply-chain management services, is the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl. Through the weekly FedEx Air & Ground Awards, FedEx recognizes those NFL players who represent the same speed, precision and teamwork that their customers have come to expect from the full range of FedEx air, ground, freight and international shipping services, delivering safer kids in the process. With thousands of trucks out on the roads each day, FedEx is committed to improving pedestrian safety for children, by funding education programs and environmental improvements, from signage and crosswalks to pedestrian walkways near schools and playgrounds.