Week 7 Nominees Announced: FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Week, Pepsi Max Rookie of the Week, & GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week

The NFL annouced today the Week 7 nominees for the FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Week, Pepsi Max Rookie of the Week, & GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week.

Quarterbacks DREW BREES of the New Orleans Saints, AARON RODGERS of the Green Bay Packers and MATT SCHAUBof the Houston Texans are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on October 18-22, while running backs JONATHAN DWYER of the Pittsburgh Steelers, CHRIS JOHNSON of the Tennessee Titans and ADRIAN PETERSON of the Minnesota Vikings are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week.

Linebacker DONT’A HIGHTOWER of the New England Patriots, quarterback ANDREW LUCK of the Indianapolis Colts, running back DOUG MARTIN of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, running back ALFRED MORRIS of the Washington Redskins and safety HARRISON SMITHof the Minnesota Vikings are the finalists for PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on October 18-22, the NFL announced today.

TOM BRADY brings Patriots back into first place. VICTOR CRUZ helps Giants survive scare vs. Redskins. MATT HASSELBECK helps Titans win again in final minute. These are the three finalists for the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK for games played on October 18-22, the NFL announced today.  The GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK is the best moment or play of the week that represents determination and perseverance.

The NFL announced today that quarterbacks DREW BREES of the New Orleans Saints, AARON RODGERS of the Green Bay Packers and MATT SCHAUBof the Houston Texans are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on October 18-22, while running backs JONATHAN DWYER of the Pittsburgh Steelers, CHRIS JOHNSON of the Tennessee Titans and ADRIAN PETERSON of the Minnesota Vikings are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week.

Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com/FedEx from 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday through 3 p.m. EST on Friday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.

Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. As part of the Air & Ground program and its commitment to small business owners, FedEx will support education efforts at Junior Achievement by making weekly $2,000 donations in each of the winning players’ names. The funding, allocated to local Junior Achievement area offices in that team’s city or state, is used to help U.S. small business development, by educating the next generation of entrepreneurs on how to start and grow their own businesses.

A closer look at the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week finalists:

  • New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 27 of 37 passes for 377 yards and four touchdowns in the Saints’ 35-28 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdowns, going 30 of 37 for 342 yards as the Packers beat the St. Louis Rams 30-20. 
  • Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub was 23 of 37 for 255 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans’ 43-13 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. 

A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:

  • Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer picked up 122 yards on the ground on 17 carries in the Steelers’ 24-17 win against the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson gained 195 yards on 18 carries and scored twice in the Titans’ 35-34 victory over the Buffalo Bills. 
  • Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 153 yards on 23 carries and scored one touchdown as the Vikings beat the Arizona Cardinals 21-14.

As the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, FedEx is proud to sponsor the 10th annual Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week program. The awards highlight superior on-field performance among the league’s top-performing quarterbacks and running backs, while supporting small business efforts and providing business solutions that matter to fans and customers alike. Follow FedEx on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter @FedExDelivers.

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Linebacker DONT’A HIGHTOWER of the New England Patriots, quarterback ANDREW LUCK of the Indianapolis Colts, running back DOUG MARTIN of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, running back ALFRED MORRIS of the Washington Redskins and safety HARRISON SMITHof the Minnesota Vikings are the finalists for PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on October 18-22, the NFL announced today.

Fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com/rookies beginning Tuesday at 9 A.M. ET and ending on Friday at 3 P.M. ET to determine the PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK.  The PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.

After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year honors.  Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January.  The Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year will be announced at the second annual “NFL Honors” awards show in New Orleans on Saturday, February 2, the night before Super Bowl XLVII. 

A closer look at the finalists:

  • New England Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower recorded seven tackles and one sack in the Patriots’ 29-26 overtime win against the New York Jets.
  • Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck completed 16 of 29 passes for 186 yards and added two touchdowns on the ground in the Colts’ 17-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns. 
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin gained 85 yards on 16 carries and scored one touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 35-28 loss to the New Orleans Saints. 
  • Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris rushed for 120 yards on 22 carries in the Redskins’ 27-23 loss to the New York Giants.
  • Minnesota Vikings S Harrison Smith recorded five tackles and pulled in his first career interception, which he returned 31 yards for a score as the Vikings beat the Arizona Cardinals 21-14. 

This is Pepsi’s eleventh year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the eleventh year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.

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TOM BRADY brings Patriots back into first place. VICTOR CRUZ helps Giants survive scare vs. Redskins. MATT HASSELBECK helps Titans win again in final minute. These are the three finalists for the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK for games played on October 18-22, the NFL announced today.  The GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK is the best moment or play of the week that represents determination and perseverance. 

Fans may vote for one of these three moments on NFL.com/gmc following Monday Night Football and ending on Friday at 3 PM ET to determine the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK.  The winner will be announced Friday during NFL Network’s “Around the League” show and then posted on NFL.com.

After the regular season, fans will have a chance to determine the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year, from among the 17 weekly winners.  Fans can vote for the winner and enter for a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl XLVII on NFL.com/gmc throughout the month of January. 

A closer look at the nominees:

  • Brady brings Patriots back into first place: It appeared that for the second consecutive week the New England Patriots wouldn’t be able to hang on to a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter.  The New York Jets had the Patriots in a dire situation late, after K NICK FOLK put New York up by three with less than two minutes left.  QB Tom Brady was unnerved and carefully drove the Patriots to the tying field goal as time expired. Brady then led another scoring drive to open overtime, leading the Patriots to what wound up to be the winning kick byK STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI.
  • Cruz helps Giants survive scare vs. Redskins: The New York Giants’ dynamic duo of QB ELI MANNING and WR Victor Cruz continue to rise to the occasion at the most crucial times. After QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III gave the Washington Redskins a lead with a minute and a half left, Cruz and Manning answered with a 77-yard touchdown which gave the Giants a vital 27-23 division win.
  • Hasselbeck helps Titans win again in final minute: For the second consecutive week, veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck delivered in the clutch when the Tennessee Titans faced a fourth-quarter deficit. On Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y., Hasselbeck used nearly two of the game’s final three minutes to eliminate a six-point deficit and earn the Titans a 35-34 victory over the Buffalo Bills with a 15-yard winning touchdown pass to WR NATE WASHINGTON on fourth down.

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