For the fourth consecutive week, Aaron Rodgers was voted the FedEx Air Player of the Week.
Rodgers completed 24-of-30 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns in the Green Bay Packers’ 33-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings. In a fan vote at NFL.com/FedEx, he beat out New Orleans’ Drew Brees and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger.
Rookie DeMarco Murray won the FedEx Ground Player of the Week. He rushed for 253 yards and one score on 25 carries in the Cowboys’ 34-7 win over the St. Louis Rams. His 10.1 yards-per-carry were the highest of any running back with over 10 carries on the weekend. His performance broke the franchise’s single-game rushing record.
Along with Rodgers, Junior Achievement of Northern Wisconsin has been a big winner. FedEx makes a $2,000 donation in each of the winning players’ names to the local Junior Achievement area offices. The funding is used to help U.S. small-business development by educating the next generation of entrepreneurs on how to start and grow their own businesses.
During the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVI, FedEx plans to announce the 2011 FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year in Indianapolis, as well as make a $25,000 donation in each winning player’s name to Junior Achievement chapters in the players’ cities.
-- The Packers are 7-0 for the fifth time in franchise history and the first time since 1962. They won the championship in 1962, as well as 1929, 1930 and 1931, when the champion was based on regular-season winning percentage.
-- The Packers are one of four defending Super Bowl champions to start the season 7-0. The others: 49ers in 1990, Broncos in 1998 and Colts in 2007.
-- The Packers are 4-1 in the game after their bye under coach Mike McCarthy.
-- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rodgers is just the third quarterback since the 1970 merger to throw a 70-yard touchdown pass in three consecutive games, joining the Cowboys’ Craig Morton (Oct. 25 through Nov. 8 in 1970) and the Saints’ Drew Brees (Dec.12 through Dec. 26 in 2004).
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