Big ups to Baltimore Ravens RB Ray rice, who was chosen through fan voting as the FedEx Ground Award Player of the Week for last week's performance against the Detroit Lions. Rice who gained 166 yards and scored one TD on 13 carries, also totaled over 200 yards of offense, combining his rushing and receiving yards. Currently, Rice sits third in the league in all purpose yards.
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VOTERS SELECT SAINTS QB DREW BREES & RAVENS RB RAY RICE AS WEEK 14 FEDEX AIR & GROUND® NFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Players’ Cities Each Receive $1,000 Donation For Local Safe Kids Coalitions Quarterback DREW BREES of the New Orleans Saints and running back RAY RICE of the Baltimore Ravens are the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week for games played on December 10 - 14, the NFL announced today. Drew Brees threw three touchdowns completing 31 of 40 passes for 296 yards in the Saints’ 26-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Ray Rice had 13 carries for 166 yards and one touchdown in the Ravens’ 48-3 win over the Detroit Lions. Brees and Rice were selected from among six finalists in Air and Ground categories. The other FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week finalists were quarterbacks JASON CAMPBELL of the Washington Redskins and MATT SCHAUB of the Houston Texans, and running backs FRANK GORE of the San Francisco 49ers and RYAN GRANT of the Green Bay Packers. Fans voted for more than their favorite players. The weekly FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Awards are also a win for local communities. Along with the player awards, FedEx is making a $1,000 donation in the winning players’ names to the local Safe Kids coalitions in New Orleans and Baltimore to support pedestrian safety improvements. Safe Kids USA is a national non-profit organization that works to prevent accidental injury among children. During the week leading up to Super Bowl XLIV, FedEx plans to announce the 2009 FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year in South Florida, as well as making a donation in each winning player’s name to Safe Kids USA. As the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, FedEx understands the need for a winning game plan, and created the Air & Ground program to highlight superior on-field performance while delivering safe kids off the field. Because FedEx has thousands of delivery trucks out on the roads each day, the company is committed to funding pedestrian safety improvements through its 10-year partnership with Safe Kids USA.
2009 FEDEX AIR & GROUND NFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK AIR GROUND Wk 1 Drew Brees, NO Adrian Peterson, MIN Wk 2 Drew Brees, NO Frank Gore, SF Wk 3 Peyton Manning, IND Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX Wk 4 Brett Favre, MIN Rashard Mendenhall, PIT Wk 5 Peyton Manning, IND Cedric Benson, CIN Wk 6 Drew Brees, NO Thomas Jones, NYJ Wk 7 Carson Palmer, CIN Cedric Benson, CIN Wk 8 Brett Favre, MIN Chris Johnson, TEN Wk 9 Kurt Warner, ARI Michael Turner, ATL Wk 10 Brett Favre, MIN Adrian Peterson, MIN Wk 11 Brett Favre, MIN Ricky Williams, MIA Wk 12 Drew Brees, NO Chris Johnson, TEN Wk 13 Kurt Warner, ARI Correll Buckhalter, DEN Wk 14 Drew Brees, NO.