Players' Cities Each Receive $1,000 Donation For Local Safe Kids Efforts
Quarterback AARON RODGERS of the Green Bay Packers and running back DARREN MC FADDEN of the Oakland Raiders are the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week for games played on September 14 - 15, the NFL announced Friday.
Rodgers completed 24 of 38 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers' 48 - 25 win over the Detroit Lions. Rodgers led an offense that had possession of the ball for more than 35 minutes and gained a total 447 yards.
McFadden carried the ball 21 times for 164 yards including a 19-yard touchdown in the Raiders' 23 - 8 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. McFadden helped the Raiders gain 300 rushing yards for their first win of the season.
Rodgers and McFadden were selected from among six finalists in Air and Ground categories. The other FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week finalists were quarterbacks JAY CUTLER of the Denver Broncos and KURT WARNER of the Arizona Cardinals, and running backs WILLIE PARKER of the Pittsburgh Steelers and CLINTON PORTIS of the Washington Redskins.
Fans voted for more than their favorite players. The weekly FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Awards are also a win for local communities. Along with the player awards, FedEx is making a $1,000 donation in the winning players' names to the local Safe Kids USA coalitions in Green Bay and Oakland to support pedestrian safety efforts. Safe Kids USA is a national non-profit organization that works to prevent accidental injury among children. This season, FedEx plans to surpass the $1 million mark in terms of charity donations they have made to deliver safe kids through the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Player of the Week Awards program.
During the week leading up to Super Bowl XLIII, FedEx plans to announce the 2008 FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year in Tampa Bay. FedEx will also make a special delivery for the Tampa Safe Kids chapter, as well as make a special donation in the winning players' names to Safe Kids USA.
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, 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.
2008 FEDEX AIR & GROUND NFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Donovan McNabb, PHI
Michael Turner, ATL
Aaron Rodgers, GB
Darren McFadden, OAK