FedEx and the NFL today announced the winners of the seventh annual FedEx Air and Ground NFL Players of the Year Awards at a press conference in South Florida, site of Super Bowl XLIV. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (who was busy practicing for Sunday’s Super Bowl) was named the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year. And Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson was named the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year. In honor of the winners’ outstanding play, FedEx is donating $25,000 to the Safe Kids USA coalitions in New Orleans and Nashville, the local organizations in each player’s market.
Drew completed just over 70 percent of his passes in 2009, setting the NFL record for completion percentage in a season. He threw for 4,388 yards, extending his consecutive 4,000 passing yard seasons to four, a franchise record. Chris rushed for 2,006 yards in 2009 becoming the sixth player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards. He also broke the scrimmage yards record totaling 2,509.
Drew and Chris were selected from a panel of three finalists in each of their respective Air and Ground categories. The finalists were chosen by a panel of NFL experts based on the season’s fan voting. The other FedEx Air NFL Players of the Year finalists were quarterbacks Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts and Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings, while the FedEx Ground NFL Players of the Year finalists included running backs Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jags and Adrian Peterson of the Vikings.