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Ronnie Brown Up for FedEx Ground Player of the Week Award

Quarterbacks JASON CAMPBELL of the Washington Redskins, BRIAN GRIESE of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and PHILIP RIVERS of the San Diego Chargers are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on September 21 – 22, while running backs RONNIE BROWN of the Miami Dolphins, FRED TAYLOR of the Jacksonville Jaguars and MICHAEL TURNER of the Atlanta Falcons are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week honors, the NFL announced today.

Fans can vote for one player in each category on from 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday through 11 a.m.. EST on Friday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday evening on

Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. As part of the Air & Ground program for the first time, FedEx is teaming up with Safe Kids USA – a national non-profit organization that works to prevent accidental injury among children – to deliver safer kids by making weekly $1,000 donations in the winning players’ names. The funding directly benefits local Safe Kids coalitions in that team’s city, to fund pedestrian safety improvements throughout the year. This year, FedEx celebrates its fifth year of the program and will surpass the $1 million mark in funding to create safer communities for children.

New this season, fans can tune into the “FedEx Air & Ground Lowdown” posted only on starting Wednesday mornings. The show examines the nominees in the Air & Ground categories through exclusive video highlights and expert analysis. NFL Network’s MARSHALL FAULK and TERRELL DAVIS host the weekly five-minute show.

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

· Washington’s JASON CAMPBELL completed 22 of 30 passes for 193 yards, made several clutch third-down throws and threw two touchdowns in Washington’s 24-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

· Tampa Bay’s BRIAN GRIESE completed 38 of 67 passes for 407 yards and two touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s 27 – 24 victory over the Chicago Bears. Behind Griese’s arm, Tampa Bay completed 22 of its 28 first downs through the air. Griese also led the Bucs in a 79-yard fourth-quarter scoring drive to tie the game and bring it into overtime.

· San Diego’s PHILIP RIVERS completed 19 of 25 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers’ 48 – 29 win over the New York Jets. Rivers constantly put the Chargers in good field position allowing them to score at least one touchdown every quarter in their first win of the season.

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

· Miami’s RONNIE BROWN scored four rushing touchdowns including a 62-yard fourth quarter run in the Dolphins’ 38 – 13 win over the New England Patriots. Brown totaled 113 yards on 17 carries and also completed a 19-yard touchdown pass.

· Jacksonville’s FRED TAYLOR finished with a season-high 121 yards on 26 carries in the Jaguars’ 23-21 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Jones broke at least four tackles on a 34-yard run in the third quarter to set up a Jaguars touchdown. Taylor contributed to Jacksonville’s total 236 rushing yards over the 41:35 their offense controlled the ball.

· Atlanta’s MICHAEL TURNER rushed for 104 yards and three touchdowns over 23 carries in Atlanta’s 38-14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Turner posted a touchdown in each of the first three quarters helping to consistently drive up the score and put the game out of the Chiefs’ reach.

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