Week 8 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 8 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 TOM BRADY of the New England Patriots, PEYTON MANNING of the Denver Broncos and MATTHEW STAFFORD of the Detroit Lions are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on October 25-29, while running backs DOUG MARTIN of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TRENT RICHARDSON of the Cleveland Browns and STEVAN RIDLEY of the New England Patriots are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week.

Running back VICK BALLARD of the Indianapolis Colts, quarterback ANDREW LUCK of the Indianapolis Colts, running back DOUG MARTIN of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, running back TRENT RICHARDSONof the Cleveland Browns and safety HARRISON SMITH of the Minnesota Vikings are the finalists for PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on October 25-29, the NFL announced today.

JAY CUTLER leads fourth-quarter comeback.  ANDREW LUCK’slate surge lifts Colts past Titans. MATTHEW STAFFORD steers Lions to last-minute win.  These are the three finalists for the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK for games played on October 25-29, 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 TOM BRADY of the New England Patriots, PEYTON MANNING of the Denver Broncos and MATTHEW STAFFORD of the Detroit Lions are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on October 25-29, while running backs DOUG MARTIN of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TRENT RICHARDSON of the Cleveland Browns and STEVAN RIDLEY of the New England Patriots 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 England Patriots QB Tom Brady threw four touchdowns, completing 23 of 35 passes for 304 yards in the Patriots’ 45-7 win against the St. Louis Rams in London, England.
  • Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning completed 22 of 30 passes for 305 yards and three scores through the air in route to the Broncos 34-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints. 
  • Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was 34 of 49 for 352 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24.

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

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin rushed for 135 yards on 29 carries and scored one touchdown in a 36-17 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson rushed for 122 yards on 24 carries and one score in the Browns 7-6 victory over the San Diego Chargers. 
  • New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley tallied 127 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown in the Patriots’ 45-7 victory against the St Louis Rams in London, England.

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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Running back VICK BALLARD of the Indianapolis Colts, quarterback ANDREW LUCK of the Indianapolis Colts, running back DOUG MARTIN of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, running back TRENT RICHARDSONof the Cleveland Browns and safety HARRISON SMITH of the Minnesota Vikings are the finalists for PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on October 25-29, 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:

  • Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard had 55 yards on 12 carries as well as scoring the game winning touchdown in overtime on a 16 yard screen pass to beat the Tennessee Titans 19-13.
  • Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck completed 26 of 38 passes for 297 yards and one touchdown in the air as the Colts beat the Tennessee Titans 19-13 in overtime. 
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin carried the ball 29 times for 135 yards and scored one touchdown on the ground as well as tallying three receptions for 79 yards and added another score in the Buccaneers 36-17 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson rushed for 122 yards on 24 carries and one score in the Browns 7-6 victory over the San Diego Chargers. 
  • Minnesota Vikings S Harrison Smith recorded 13 total tackles as the Vikings were defeated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 36-17.

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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JAY CUTLER leads fourth-quarter comeback. ANDREW LUCK’slate surge lifts Colts past Titans. MATTHEW STAFFORD steers Lions to last-minute win.  These are the three finalists for the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK for games played on October 25-29, 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:

  • Cutler leads fourth-quarter comeback:  The NFC North leading Chicago Bears found themselves down 19-7 in the fourth quarter to the Carolina Panthers.  The Bears started to show the sort of moxie that has earned the team its best start since the Super Bowl run in 2006. After QB Jay Cutler hit TE KELLEN DAVIS for a score, CB TIM JENNINGS came up with a pick six to cut the Panthers’ lead to 20-19. Following the Panthers taking a three-point lead late, Cutler drove the Bears into position for K ROBBIE GOULD‘s game winning field goal.
  • Luck’s late surge lifts Colts past Titans:  QB Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts had a tough first-half against the divisional foe Tennessee Titans. Facing a 13-6 deficit in the fourth quarter, Luck started to find his groove and led the Colts on two 80-yard touchdown drives. The first one was capped by a RB DELONE CARTER 1-yard touchdown run that tied the game and forced overtime. The second scoring drive gave the Colts a big road win in exciting fashion. Rookie RB VICK BALLARD took a Luck screen pass and crossed the goal through the air for the decisive score.
  • Stafford steers Lions to last-minute win:  The Detroit Lions have trailed at halftime in each of its seven games this season and they got all they could handle from the Seattle Seahawks, who were up 24-21 midway through the fourth quarter. However, QB Matthew Stafford led a 16-play drive, which was kept alive with two third-down conversion passes and was capped off by WR TITUS YOUNG‘s game winning touchdown catch.

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