AND FEDEX UNVEIL 2018 FEDEX AIR & GROUND®
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES FOR FAN VOTING
FedEx Supports United Service Organizations (USO) with more than $100,000
The National Football League and FedEx Corp.
(NYSE: FDX) announced today quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs), Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) and Philip Rivers (Los Angeles Chargers)
are the finalists for the 2018 FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year honors, while running backs Todd
Gurley (Los Angeles Rams), Ezekiel
Elliott (Dallas Cowboys) and Saquon
Barkley (New York Giants) are the finalists for the 2018 FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year.
In the weeks leading up to Super Bowl LIII,
fans have the chance to cast their vote for the one quarterback they feel had
the year’s best Air performance and the one running back with year's best
Ground performance. Today through January 31 at 3:00 pm ET, fans can cast their
vote for each category at nfl.com/fedex or via a Twitter poll on the @NFL official handle.
As part of the FedEx Air & Ground NFL
Players of the Year program, FedEx will donate $40,000 to the USO - $20,000 in
each winning player’s name – through FedEx Cares. The donation will be used to
support the USO, a military support organization dedicated to connecting
service members and their families to family, home and country throughout their
service to the nation.
Throughout the 2018-19 season, FedEx
supported its commitment to serving the community by making weekly $2,000
donations to the USO in each of the weekly winning players' names. The total
contribution will amount to $108,000 this season.
FedEx will announce the 2018 FedEx
Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year winners at NFL Honors, a
two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on Feb. 2, the night before
Super Bowl LIII, from 9-11 PM (ET and PT) on CBS.
A closer look at the FedEx Air NFL Player of
the Year finalists:
· Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes led the NFL with 50
touchdown passes and joined Peyton Manning (55 touchdown passes in 2013) and Tom
Brady (50 in 2007) as the only quarterbacks with at least 50 touchdown passes
in a single season in NFL history. He ranked second in the NFL with a franchise-record 5,097 passing yards and
became the seventh different player in NFL history with 5,000+ pass yards in a
single season. In total, Mahomes had seven games with at least four touchdown
passes this season, the second-most in a single season in league annals. A 2019
Pro Bowl selection, Mahomes led the Chiefs to a 12-4 record and the AFC’s No. 1
· New Orleans QB Drew Brees led the NFL with a
115.7 passer rating and 74.4 completion percentage, the highest single-season completion
percentage in NFL history. He passed for 3,992 yards with 32 touchdowns and
five interceptions and became the third quarterback in league annals with at
least 30 touchdown passes and five or fewer interceptions in a single season. A
2019 Pro Bowl selection, Brees led the Saints to a 13-3 record and the NFC’s
No. 1 seed.
· Los Angeles
Chargers QB Philip Rivers passed for 4,308 yards in
2018 and joined Peyton Manning (14 seasons), Drew Brees (12) and Tom Brady (10)
as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with 10 seasons of at least 4,000
passing yards. Rivers threw at least two touchdown passes in each of the
Chargers' first 12 games of the season and became the fourth quarterback in NFL
history with two or more touchdown passes in each of his team’s first 12 games
to start a season. A 2019 Pro Bowl selection, Rivers led the Chargers to a 12-4
record, the most wins by the team since 2009.
A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year finalists:
· Los Angeles Rams RB Todd
the NFL with 21 scrimmage touchdowns (17 rushing, four receiving) and ranked
fourth with 1,831 scrimmage yards. A 2019 Pro Bowl selection, Gurley scored at
least one touchdown in each of the Rams’ first 10 games and became the fourth
player in league history to score a touchdown in each of their team’s first 10
games of a season.
· Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel
Elliott led the league with 1,434 rushing yards and had
a career-high 2,001 scrimmage yards to become the fourth player in franchise history with 2,000+ scrimmage
yards in a single season. A 2019 Pro Bowl
selection, Elliott is the fourth player in league history to record at least
1,900 scrimmage yards in two of his first three NFL seasons.
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley led
the NFL with 2,028 scrimmage yards and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric
Dickerson (2,212 scrimmage yards in 1983) and Edgerrin James (2,139 in 1999) as
the only rookies with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards in NFL history. A 2019 Pro Bowl selection, Barkley ranked
second in rushing yards (1,307) and had 91 receptions in 2018, the most by a
rookie running back in NFL history.
As the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of
the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, FedEx is proud to sponsor the 16th annual
FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year awards. The awards highlight the
league's leaders at the quarterback and running back positions, recognizing the
players that consistently delivered the best results throughout the
donation is part of the company’s FedEx Cares global giving platform, in which
FedEx is continuing tol invest $200 million in more than 200 communities by
2020 to create opportunities and deliver solutions around the world.
For more information, visit nfl.com/fedex or follow the conversation on Twitter at @NFL.
About FedEx Corp.
Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad
portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual
revenues of $62 billion, the company offers integrated business applications
through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively,
under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most
admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 400,000 team
members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest
ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and
communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities
around the world, please visit about.fedex.com.
About the USO
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them
connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.
At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect
our service members and their families through countless acts of caring,
comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a
government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made
possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the
dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission,
and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.
Sam Drexler, NFL
Alex Snow, Weber Shandwick for FedEx
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