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Tom Brady ‘airs’ it out for FedEx Award

09.16.11 at 5:52 pm ET
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After completing 32-of-48 passes for a career-high and team-record 517 yards with four touchdowns, Tom Brady has been honored as part of the first FedEx “Air & Ground” award of 2011.

Brady became just the 11th quarterback to pass for over 500 yards in a single game, leading the Patriots to a 38-24 win over the Dolphins in Week 1.

The NFL made the announcement on Friday. The “ground” part of the award went to running back LeSean McCoy of the Eagles are the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week for games played on September 8-12.

McCoy had 15 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 15 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’€™ 31-13 win over the Rams. He essentially sealed the Eagles’€™ victory with fourth quarter 49-yard touchdown scamper that ended any chances the Rams had of mounting a comeback.

Here is the complete release from the NFL:

Brady and McCoy were selected from among six finalists in Air and Ground categories. The other FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week finalists were quarterbacks RYAN FITZPATRICK of the Buffalo Bills and AARON RODGERS of the Green Bay Packers, and running backs BEN TATE of the Houston Texans and RAY RICE of the Baltimore Ravens.

Fans voted for more than their favorite players. The weekly FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Awards are also a win for local communities. Along with the player awards, FedEx is making a $2,000 donation in each of the winning players’€™ names to the local Junior Achievement area offices in Northern New England and the Delaware Valley. 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.

Fans can still vote for the FedEx Small Business of the Week by visiting NFL.com/FedEx to cast their vote for one of three small business nominees. FedEx will award $5,000 each week to the small business that receives the most online votes, which will be announced every Tuesday starting September 20. The program then culminates in recognizing the FedEx Small Business of the Year with an all-inclusive trip to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.

As the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, FedEx understands the need for a winning game plan, and created the Air & Ground program to highlight superior on-field performance among the league’€™s top-performing quarterbacks and running backs. Follow FedEx on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter @FedExDelivers and track the conversation at #FedExNFL.

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