Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers and running back Tatum Bell of the Denver Broncos are the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week for games played on October 9-10, the NFL announced today.
Favre completed 19 of 27 passes for 215 yards, three touchdowns and a passer rating of 130.9 in the Packers' 52-3 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Favre threw touchdowns passes of one, 25 and 26 yards, the third time this season that he has throw for three or more touchdowns in a game.
Bell ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in the Broncos' 21-19 victory over the Washington Redskins. Averaging more than 10 yards per carry, Bell scored the Broncos first points on a 34-yard run in the first quarter and their final points on a 55-yard run in the third quarter.
Favre and Bell were selected from among finalists in air and ground categories through 84,536 fan votes on NFL.com. The other FedEx Express NFL Player of the Week finalists were quarterbacks DREW BLEDSOE of the Dallas Cowboys and TOM BRADY of the New England Patriots, while running backs SHAUN ALEXANDER of the Seattle Seahawks and FRED TAYLOR of the Jacksonville Jaguars were the other finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week.
Favre received 36.6 percent of the fan votes for FedEx Express NFL Player of the Week, while Bledsoe received 36.55 percent (a difference of only 20 votes) and Brady received 27 percent. Bell's 60 percent of the fan votes for FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week beat out Taylor's 22 percent and Alexander's 18 percent.
Fans voted for more than their favorite players. The weekly FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Awards are also a win for the local community. Along with the player awards, FedEx is awarding Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital Foundation, the children's hospital in each winning market, a check for $5,000.
The children's hospitals in the two season-long winner's markets, announced at this year's Super Bowl, will be awarded $25,000 each. That means that FedEx will deliver nearly $250,000 to local children's hospitals around the country in recognition of the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Award winners.
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 and 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.