Quarterbacks MARK BRUNELL of the Washington Redskins, BRETT FAVRE of the Green Bay Packers and DONOVAN MC NABB of the Philadelphia Eagles are the finalists for FedEx Express NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on September 24-25, while running backs TATUM BELL of the Denver Broncos, WILLIE PARKER of the Pittsburgh Steelers and BRIAN WESTBROOK of the Philadelphia Eagles are the finalists for FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week honors, the NFL announced Tuesday.
Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com from 9am EST on Tuesday through 6pm EST on Thursday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Thursday evening on NFL.com.
Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. For the third season in a row, the weekly FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Awards are a win for the local community. Along with the award, FedEx will donate $5,000 every week to the local children's hospital in each winning market. 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.
A closer look at the FedEx Express NFL Player of the Week finalists:
-Green Bay's BRETT FAVRE threw for 340 yards, completing 25 of 36 passes with three touchdowns for a passer rating of 127.1 in the Packers' 31-24 victory over the Detroit Lions. Favre became just the second NFL quarterback to throw for 400 career touchdowns, joining former Miami Dolphins QB Dan Marino (420).
-Washington's MARK BRUNELL completed 24 of 27 passes for 261 yards and one touchdown for a passer rating of 119.3 in the Redskins' 31-15 victory over the Houston Texans. Brunell set an NFL record with 22 consecutive completions to start the game.
-Philadelphia's DONOVAN MC NABB had a 105.1 passer rating in the Eagles' 38-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, completing 18 of 33 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns. McNabb threw touchdown passes of one yard and four yards in the first quarter.
A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:
-Denver's TATUM BELL rushed for 123 yards on 27 carries in the Broncos' 17-7 victory over the New England Patriots. Bell, whose longest run of the day was 21 yards, averaged over 4.5 yards per carry.
-Pittsburgh's WILLIE PARKER carried 31 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers' 28-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Parker scored on touchdown runs of one and three yards.
-Philadelphia's BRIAN WESTBROOK carried 8 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles' 38-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. In addition to rushing touchdowns of four and 71 yards, Westbrook added a four-yard touchdown reception.
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.