Quarterbacks Kerry Collins of the Tennessee Titans, Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts and Kurt Warner of the Arizona Cardinals are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on November 16-17, while running backs Ryan Grant of the Green Bay Packers, Willie Parker of the Pittsburgh Steelers and DeAngelo Williams of the Carolina Panthers are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week honors, the NFL announced Monday.
Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com/FedEx from 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday through 11 a.m. ET 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 & 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 Wednesday mornings. 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 show.
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.
A closer look at the finalists for FedEx Ground Player of the Week:
Ryan Grant, Green Bay Packers
Grant tallied 145 yards and one touchdown as the Packers defeated the division-rival Chicago Bears 37-3.
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
Parker rushed for 115 yards on 25 attempts to contribute to the Steelers' 410 total yards of offense in Pittsburgh's 11-10 win over the San Diego Chargers.
DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
Williams carried the ball 14 times, rushing for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' 31-22 win over the Detroit Lions.
A closer look at the finalists for FedEx Air Player of the Week:
Kerry Collins, Tennessee Titans
Collins completed 13 of 23 attempts for 230 yards and three touchdowns in the Titans' 24-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
Manning totaled 320 yards in the air and two touchdowns, completing 30 of 46 attempts in the Colts' 33-27 win over the Houston Texans.
Kurt Warner, Arizona Cardinals
Warner completed 32 of 44 attempts for 395 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' 26-20 win over the Seattle Seahawks.