NFL announces FedEx Air and Ground finalists

Posted Jan. 10, 2011 @ 2:03 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The finalists for the FedEx Air and Ground Players of the Year were announced Monday by the NFL. Given to the best passer and rusher of the season based on a fan vote, the FedEx awards are down to the final three in each category.

For the Air Player of the Year, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers are the finalists. Brady threw for 3,900 yards and 36 touchdowns and only four interceptions in leading the Patriots to the league's best regular-season record. Rivers led the NFL is passing yards with 4,710, despite a banged-up Chargers receiving corps. And Green Bay's Rodgers put up outstanding numbers even having missed time because of multiple concussions.

The Ground Player of the Year finalists are Jamaal Charles, Arian Foster and Michael Turner. Charles gained 6.38 yards per carry and was a key in the Chiefs' top-ranked rushing offense. An undrafted prospect a year ago, Foster made a lot of teams regret not drafting him, scoring 16 touchdowns on the ground for the Texans. Turner carried the load for the NFC-leading Falcons, leading the league with 334 rushing attempts.

Fans can vote for one player in each category on until Friday, Jan. 28 at 9 p.m. ET to determine the FedEx Air and Ground NFL Players of the Year.