Brees, Tomlinson up for FEDEX awards

San Diego has two players up for FEDEX Air and Ground awards this week as Drew Brees and LaDainian Tomlinson have been nominated for their outstanding weeks in the Chargers 41-17 win.

Quarterbacks DREW BREES of the San Diego Chargers, ELI MANNING of the New York Giants and PEYTON MANNING of the Indianapolis Colts are the finalists for FedEx Express NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on October 2-3, while running backs WARRICK DUNN of the Atlanta Falcons, LA MONT JORDAN of the Oakland Raiders and LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON of the San Diego Chargers are the finalists for FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week honors, the NFL announced today.

Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com from Tuesday morning through noon EST on Friday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday afternoon on NFL.com. Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player.

For the second season in a row, the weekly FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Awards are a win for the local community. Along with the award, FedEx will donate $5,000 every week to the local children's hospital in each winning market. The children's hospitals in the two season-long winner's markets, announced at this year's Super Bowl, will be awarded $25,000 each. That means that FedEx will deliver nearly $250,000 to local children's hospitals around the country in recognition of the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Award winners.

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

• San Diego's Drew Brees completed 19 of 24 passes for 248 yards, two touchdowns and a passer rating of 137.5 in the Chargers' 41-17 victory over the New England Patriots. Brees threw touchdown passes of 11 and 28 yards.

• The New York Giants' Eli Manning threw for 296 yards, completing 19 of 35 passes with touchdowns of one, 17, 31 and 31 yards and a passer rating of 120.7 in the Giants' 44-24 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

• Indianapolis' Peyton Manning completed 20 of 27 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns, finishing with a 144.1 passer rating in the Colts' 31-10 victory over the AFC South-rival Tennessee Titans.

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

• Atlanta's Warrick Dunn carried 18 times for 126 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown run in the Falcons' 30-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Dunn averaged seven yards per carry in the game.

• Oakland's LaMont Jordan ran for 126 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries in the Raiders' 19-13 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Jordan scored on a two-yard run and added four catches for 22 yards.

• San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 134 yards on 25 carries, scoring on touchdown runs of one and eight yards in the Chargers' 41-17 victory over the New England Patriots. Tomlinson also caught three passes.

FedEx, the premier global provider of transportation, e-commerce and supply-chain management services, is the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl. Through the weekly FedEx Air & Ground Awards, FedEx recognizes those NFL players who represent the same speed, precision and teamwork that their customers have come to expect from the full range of FedEx air, ground, freight and international shipping services.


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