Washington a finalist for Fed Ex ground award

Running backs LARRY JOHNSON of the Kansas City Chiefs, CHESTER TAYLOR of the Minnesota Vikings and LEON WASHINGTON of the New York Jets 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 Fedexfootball.com from 9am EST on Tuesday through 6pm EST on Thursday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Thursday evening on Fedexfootball.com.

Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. For the third 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 Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:

Minnesota's CHESTER TAYLOR rushed for a career-high 169 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries in the Vikings' 31-13 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Taylor's 95-yard, third-quarter TD run was a franchise record.

Kansas City's LARRY JOHNSON carried 28 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs' 30-27 victory over the San Diego Chargers. Johnson scored on runs of one and 11 yards in the game. The New York Jets' LEON WASHINGTON carried 20 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns in the Jets' 31-24 victory over the Detroit Lions. Washington had a long run of 23 yards and scored touchdowns of five and 15 yards.

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