Week 17 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 17 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 ELI MANNING of the New York Giants, PEYTON MANNING of the Denver Broncos and CHRISTIAN PONDER of the Minnesota Vikings are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on December 30, while running backs ALFRED MORRIS of the Washington Redskins, ADRIAN PETERSON of the Minnesota Vikings and DEANGELO WILLIAMS of the Carolina Panthers are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week.

Linebacker ZACH BROWN of the Tennessee Titans, linebacker VONTAZE BURFICT of the Cincinnati Bengals, wide receiver T.Y. HILTON of the Indianapolis Colts, running back ALFRED MORRIS of the Washington Redskins and quarterback RUSSELL WILSON of the Seattle Seahawks are the finalists for PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on December 30, the NFL announced today.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS prevail in coach’s return. MINNESOTA VIKINGS ride ADRIAN PETERSON to playoff berth. DENVER BRONCOS earn AFC’s top seed. These are the three finalists for the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK for games played on December 30, 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. 

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The NFL announced today that quarterbacks ELI MANNING of the New York Giants, PEYTON MANNING of the Denver Broncos and CHRISTIAN PONDER of the Minnesota Vikings are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on December 30, while running backs ALFRED MORRIS of the Washington Redskins, ADRIAN PETERSON of the Minnesota Vikings and DEANGELO WILLIAMS of the Carolina Panthers 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 Monday through 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Wednesday 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 York Giants QB Eli Manning completed 13 of 21 passes for 208 yards and five touchdowns in the Giants’ 42-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.   
  •  Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning completed 23 of 29 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos beat the Kansas City Chiefs 38-3.  
  • Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder completed 16 of 28 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings’ 37-34 victory over the Green Bay Packers. 

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

  • Washington Redskins rookie RB Alfred Morris rushed for 200 yards on 33 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 28-18 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson tallied 199 yards on 34 carries and one touchdown in the Vikings’ 37-34 win against the Green Bay Packers.  
  • Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams gained 210 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 44-38 victory over the New Orleans Saints.  

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 ZACH BROWN of the Tennessee Titans, linebacker VONTAZE BURFICT of the Cincinnati Bengals, wide receiver T.Y. HILTON of the Indianapolis Colts, running back ALFRED MORRIS of the Washington Redskins and quarterback RUSSELL WILSON of the Seattle Seahawks are the finalists for PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on December 30, the NFL announced today. 

Fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com/rookies beginning Monday at 9 A.M. ET and ending on Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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

  • Tennessee Titans LB Zach Brown recorded one sack and two interceptions, returning both for touchdowns as the Titans beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 38-20.
  • Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict led the team with 18 total tackles, ten solo as the Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-17.
  • Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton caught four passes for 111 and one touchdown in the Colts’ 28-16 victory over the Houston Texans.  
  • Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris rushed for 200 yards on 33 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 28-18 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 15 of 19 passes for 250 yards and one touchdown as well as adding 58 yards and one touchdown on the ground to help lead the Seahawks to a 20-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams.    

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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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS prevail in coach’s return. MINNESOTA VIKINGS ride ADRIAN PETERSON to playoff berth. DENVER BRONCOS earn AFC’s top seed. These are the three finalists for the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK for games played on December 30, 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 Sunday Night Football and ending on Wednesday at 3 PM ET to determine the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK.  The winner will be announced Wednesday 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:

  • Colts prevail in Pagano’s return: Coach CHUCK PAGANO returned to the Indianapolis Colts’ sidelines following the indefinite leave he took on Sept. 26 to be treated for leukemia. Pagano’s inspired playoff-bound team capped an amazing turnaround campaign, improving from 2-14 a season ago to 11-5 this year following a 28-16 win over the AFC South division champion Houston Texans.  QB ANDREW LUCK threw two touchdown passes in the win, including a 70-yard scoring strike to WR T.Y. HILTON to clinch the victory
  • Vikings ride Peterson to playoff berth: RB Adrian Peterson came within nine yards of breaking Hall of Fame RB ERIC DICKERSON‘s single-season rushing yardage record, but in the process propelled the Minnesota Vikings to their first playoff berth in three years. Peterson rushed for 199 yards as the Vikings defeated the Green Bay Packers, 37-34, on rookie kicker BLAIR WALSH’s winning field goal attempt to earn a wild-card playoff rematch at Lambeau Field.
  • Broncos overcome 2-3 start to earn AFC’s top seed: The Denver Broncos claimed the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed with a 38-3 win over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs. QB PEYTON MANNING threw three touchdowns as the Broncos earned an 11th consecutive triumph. The Broncos managed to rally for home-field advantage despite opening the season 2-3.

 

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