Election Day Special: Vote for Hightower and Warner
By Scott Allen
Fans To Vote For Winner On NFL.com and Via Sprint Wireless Service
Quarterback JOE FLACCO of the Baltimore Ravens, running back MATT FORTÉ of the Chicago Bears, running back TIM HIGHTOWER of the Arizona Cardinals, running back CHRIS JOHNSON of the Tennessee Titans and quarterback MATT RYAN of the Atlanta Falcons are the finalists for DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on November 2 – 3, the NFL announced today.
Fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com/rookies beginning Tuesday at 8am ET and ending on Friday at noon ET to determine the DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK. The DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK will be announced Friday afternoon on NFL.com/rookies.
In addition, for the fourth year, NFL fans may cast their votes for the DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK using phones with Sprint wireless service – an opportunity available only to Sprint customers. This fast, convenient voting method involves texting the word PEPSI to short code 7777. Sprint customers will then receive an interactive text message that links fans to the ballot with the five finalists each week. Data and text messaging rates may apply.
After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January. The winner will be announced at a press conference at Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa Bay.
A closer look at the finalists:
- Baltimore’s JOE FLACCO completed 17 of 29 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns in the Ravens’ 37 – 27 win over the Cleveland Browns.
- Chicago’s MATT FORTÉ rushed for 126 yards on 22 attempts in the Bears’ 27 – 23 win over the division rival Detroit Lions.
- Arizona’s TIM HIGHTOWER led the Cardinals with 109 yards rushing and one touchdown over 22 carries in the Cardinals’ 34 – 13 win over the St. Louis Rams.
- Tennessee’s CHRIS JOHNSON rushed for 89 yards and one touchdown and added 72 yards receiving in the Titans’ 19 – 16 win over the Green Bay Packers.
- Atlanta’s MATT RYAN threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns completing 17 of 22 attempts in the Falcons’ 24 – 0 win over the Oakland Raiders. Ryan finished with a 138.4 passer rating and controlled the clock for more than 45 minutes.
This is Pepsi’s seventh year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the fourth year that Diet Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.
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Fans To Vote For Winners On NFL.com
FedEx To Deliver Funding For Safe Kids Organizations On Behalf of Winning Players In
Their Teams’ Markets
Quarterbacks JEFF GARCIA of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DONOVAN MC NABB of the Philadelphia Eagles and KURT WARNER of the Arizona Cardinals are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on November 2 – 3, while running backs BRANDON JACOBS of the New York Giants, ADRIAN PETERSON of the Minnesota Vikings and RAY RICE of the Baltimore Ravens 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 NFL.com/FedEx 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 afternoon on NFL.com.
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 NFL.com/FedEx 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:
- Tampa Bay’s JEFF GARCIA completed 31 of 43 passes for 339 yards and one touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 30 – 27 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Philadelphia’s DONOVAN MC NABB passed for 349 yards and two touchdowns while completing 28 of 43 passing attempts in the Eagles’ 26 – 7 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
- Arizona’s KURT WARNER threw two touchdowns and passed for 342 yards completing 23 of 34 passing attempts in the Cardinals’ 34 – 13 win over the St. Louis Rams.
A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:
· New York Giants’ BRANDON JACOBS rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in the Giants’ 35 – 14 win over the division rival Dallas Cowboys.
· Minnesota’s ADRIAN PETERSON totaled 139 yards on the ground and one touchdown on 25 attempts as the Vikings defeated the Houston Texans 28 – 21.
· Baltimore’s RAY RICE rushed for 154 yards on 21 attempts, including a 60-yard run, averaging 7.3 yards per carry in the Ravens’ 37 – 27 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
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, delivering safer kids in the process. With thousands of trucks out on the roads each day, FedEx is committed to improving pedestrian safety for children, by funding education programs and environmental improvements, from signage and crosswalks to pedestrian walkways near schools and playgrounds.
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Fans to Vote for Winner on NFL.com
Head coaches TOM COUGHLIN of the New York Giants, MARVIN LEWIS of the Cincinnati Bengals and MIKE TOMLIN of the Pittsburgh Steelers are the nominees for MOTOROLA NFL COACH OF THE WEEK honors for games played November 2 – 3, the NFL announced today.
Fans can vote on NFL.com for the head coach whose game plan played the greatest role in his team’s victory. Voting will take place from Tuesday morning through noon ET on Friday to determine the MOTOROLA NFL COACH OF THE WEEK. The winner will be announced Friday afternoon on NFL.com. In January, voting will be held on NFL.com to determine the MOTOROLA NFL COACH OF THE YEAR.
A closer look at the Motorola NFL Coach of the Week nominees:
· TOM COUGHLIN and the New York Giants beat the division rival Dallas Cowboys 35 – 14. The Giants offense controlled the ball for more than 34 minutes and gained a total 319 yards, while the Giants defense limited the Cowboys to only 183 total yards. Giants QB Eli Manning threw three touchdowns to three different receivers and RBs Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward each added one touchdown on the ground. The Giants defense forced four turnovers and sacked the Cowboys QBs four times including 2.5 coming from DE Justin Tuck.
· MARVIN LEWIS led the Cincinnati Bengals to their first victory of the year in a 21 – 19 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Bengals offense totaled 312 yards and controlled the ball for more than 30 minutes. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 162 yards and two touchdowns and RB Cedric Benson added 104 rushing yards and one touchdown. The Bengals defense sacked Jacksonville QB David Garrard three times and intercepted him once. Bengals CB Jonathan Joseph knocked away a potential game-tying two-point conversion pass attempt to secure the win.
· MIKE TOMLIN led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 23 – 6 win over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on Monday Night Football. After falling 0 – 2 to NFC East teams this season, Tomlin developed a game plan that delivered a victory. Tomlin used both starting QB Ben Roethlisberger and backup QB Byron Leftwich, who combined to lead an offense that controlled the clock for more than 30 minutes and put up points in each of the final three quarters. The Steelers defense forced two interceptions, totaled seven sacks, and limited Redskins RB Clinton Portis to only 51 rushing yards. Pittsburgh’s defense shut out the Redskins in the final three quarters.
Motorola’s brand has become synonymous with NFL coaches through the coaches’ headsets worn during every NFL game. As the wireless communications sponsor of the NFL, Motorola is working with the league to better integrate technology to improve the quality of the game, just as Motorola continuously provides better communications devices to help millions of NFL fans enjoy the game of football in their everyday lives.
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