Week 11 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 announced today the Week 11 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, ROBERT GRIFFIN III of the Washington Redskins, and MATT SCHAUB of the Houston Texans are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on November 15-19, while running backs BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS of the Cincinnati Bengals, DOUG MARTIN of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and LA ROD STEPHENS-HOWLING of the Arizona Cardinals are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week.

Wide receiver JUSTIN BLACKMON of the Jacksonville Jaguars, cornerback ALFONZO DENNARD of the New England Patriots, quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III of the Washington Redskins, wide receiver T.Y. HILTON of the Indianapolis Colts and running back DOUG MARTIN of the Washington Redskins are the finalists for PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on November 15-19, the NFL announced today.

DALLAS COWBOYS win thriller vs. Browns. HOUSTON TEXANS survive OT scare vs. Jaguars. GREEN BAY PACKERS find way to win. These are the three finalists for the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK for games played on November 15-19, 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, ROBERT GRIFFIN III of the Washington Redskins, and MATT SCHAUB of the Houston Texans are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on November 15-19, while running backs BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS of the Cincinnati Bengals, DOUG MARTIN of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and LA ROD STEPHENS-HOWLING of the Arizona Cardinals 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 completed 24 of 35 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts 59-24.  
  • Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III completed 14 of 15 passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns, finishing his day with a 158.3 passer rating in the Redskins’ 31-6 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. 
  • Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub threw for 527 yards and five touchdowns, completing 43 of 55 passes in the Texans’ 43-37 overtime win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

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

  • Cincinnati Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 101 yards on 25 carries and one touchdown as the Bengals beat the Kansas City Chiefs 28-6.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie RB Doug Martin gained 138 yards on 24 carries in the Buccaneers’ 27-21 overtime win against the Carolina Panthers. 
  • Arizona Cardinals RB LarRod Stephens-Howling picked up 127 yards on 22 carries and one score in the Cardinals’ 23-19 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

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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Wide receiver JUSTIN BLACKMON of the Jacksonville Jaguars, cornerback ALFONZO DENNARD of the New England Patriots, quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III of the Washington Redskins, wide receiver T.Y. HILTON of the Indianapolis Colts and running back DOUG MARTIN of the Washington Redskins are the finalists for PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on November 15-19, 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:

  • Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon caught seven passes for 236 yards and one touchdown in the Jaguars’ 43-37 overtime loss to the Houston Texans.
  • New England Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard recorded four tackles as well as intercepting one pass and returning it 87 yards for a score in the Patriots’ 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts. 
  • Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III completed 14 of 15 passes and four touchdowns, finishing his day with a 158.3 passer rating.  Griffin III also picked up 84 yards on the ground as the Redskins beat the Philadelphia Eagles 31-6. 
  • Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton caught six passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts’ 59-24 loss to the New England Patriots.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin gained 138 yards on 24 carries in the Buccaneers’ 27-21 overtime win against the Carolina Panthers. 

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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DALLAS COWBOYS win thriller vs. Browns. HOUSTON TEXANS survive OT scare vs. Jaguars. GREEN BAY PACKERS find way to win. These are the three finalists for the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK for games played on November 15-19, 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:

  • Cowboys win thriller vs. Browns:  After watching QB TONY ROMO run for cover for much of the first half, the Dallas Cowboys went into halftime with a 13-0 deficit. Dallas emerged from intermission and mounted a second-half rally, scoring 17 unanswered points. However, Cleveland scored what appeared to be the winning score when rookie QB BRANDON WEEDEN hit TE BENJAMIN WATSON for a touchdown with a 1:07 remaining.  Romo, who endured a career-high seven sacks in the game, quickly marched the Cowboys in position for a game tying field goal. In overtime, Cowboys K DAN BAILEY made the winning field goal in a 23-20 victory that lifted Dallas’ record to .500.
  • Texans survive OT scare vs. Jaguars: WR ANDRE JOHNSON and QB MATT SCHAUB helped save the Houston Texans from their second defeat. The Texans (8-1 entering Week 11) hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8 entering Sunday) and for much of the game were playing from behind against a suddenly explosive QB CHAD HENNE-led offense. Down 34-20 with 12:33 remaining, Schaub came alive for what wound up as a historic passing day. Schaub completed 17 consecutive passes to launch a comeback and bring the Texans into a tie to force overtime. On the Texans’ third possession of overtime, Schaub hit Johnson for the 48-yard game winning touchdown. Schaub finished the game with 527 yards passing, tied for the second-highest single-game total in league history.
  • Packers find way to win:  With a number of key players sidelined due to injuries, the Green Bay Packers faced a Detroit Lions team desperate to keep playoff hopes alive.  For much of Sunday’s game, the Packers struggled offensively, yet, down 20-14 with 4:25 remaining, they mounted their best drive of the afternoon, going 82 yards in six plays on a drive capped by a WR RANDALL COBB score from QB AARON RODGERS. The win helps the Packers remain in the NFC North title chase.

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