Green Named FedEx Ground Player Of The Year

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Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green was chosen as the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year, the NFL announced Wednesday at a press conference in Houston, site of Super Bowl XXXVIII.

Green led the NFC with 1,883 yards rushing and 15 rushing touchdowns on 355 carries for a 5.3 yards per carry average.

Green's 1,883 yards was a career-high that also broke the Packers' single-season rushing record by more than 400 yards. He also caught 50 passes for 367 yards and five touchdowns, to total an NFC-best 2,250 yards from scrimmage and career-high and single-season club record 20 touchdowns (combined).

Green, who helped the NFC North division-winning Packers to a 10-6 record, was nominated for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week award six times and won the award in Weeks 4, 5, 9 and 17.

Also Wednesday, the NFL announced that Indianpolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was chosen as the FedEx Express NFL Player of the Year.

Manning became the first player in NFL history to pass for 4,000 yards in five consecutive seasons with a league-high 4,267 yards passing and completed 379 of 566 attempts for an AFC-high 29 touchdowns and an NFL second-best 99.0 passer rating.

Manning was named to his fourth Pro Bowl and became the only player in NFL history to pass for 25 or more touchdowns in six consecutive seasons.

He led the Colts to a 12-4 record and the AFC South division title. He was nominated for the FedEx Express NFL Player of the Week award four times and won the award in Weeks 4 and 5.

"The FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year Award recognizes outstanding players who possess values like reliability, precision and speed throughout the season," said Daniel J. Mullally, senior vice president of sales at FedEx.

"It is only fitting that FedEx sponsor this first-time award to honor the league's top quarterbacks and running backs, since these are the same values that FedEx delivers to customers every day in the air and on the ground."

Manning and Green were selected from among finalists in air and ground categories. The other FedEx Express NFL Player of the Year finalists were Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper and Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair. Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes and Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis were finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year.

More than 230,000 fans voted at NFL.com from Monday, January 5 through Monday, January 19. After tabulating this season's fan voting the six finalists were chosen by a panel of NFL experts. Each week, nominees in each category were chosen and NFL fans voted for the winner on NFL.com.

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 FedEx Air and Ground NFL Players of the Year voting, FedEx recognizes those NFL quarterbacks and running backs who week after week delivered the reliability, speed and precision that its customers have come to expect from the full range of FedEx air, ground, freight and international shipping services.

Below are the 2003 FedEx Air & Ground weekly winners:

Wk 1

Joey Harrington, Detroit (Express)

Clinton Portis, Denver (Ground)

Wk 2

Drew Bledsoe, Buffalo

Jamal Lewis, Baltimore

Wk 3

Kerry Collins, NY Giants

Ricky Williams, Miami

Wk 4

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis

Ahman Green, Green Bay

Wk 5

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis

Ahman Green, Green Bay

Wk 6

Steve McNair, Tennessee

William Green, Cleveland

Wk 7

Aaron Brooks, New Orleans

Travis Henry, Buffalo

Wk 8

Kerry Collins, NY Giants

Stephen Davis, Carolina

Wk 9

Tom Brady, New England

Ahman Green, Green Bay

Wk 10

Doug Flutie, San Diego

LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego

Wk 11

Kelly Holcomb, Cleveland

Deuce McAllister, New Orleans

Wk 12

Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle

Deuce McAllister, New Orleans

Wk 13

Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle

Clinton Portis, Denver

Wk 14

Jeff Garcia, San Francisco

Clinton Portis, Denver

Wk 15

Aaron Brooks, New Orleans

Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati

Wk 16

Brett Favre, Green Bay

Jamal Lewis, Baltimore

Wk 17

Tom Brady, New England

Ahman Green, Green Bay

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