Peyton Manning, Donald Brown Named Finalists for Player-of-the-Week Honors
INDIANAPOLIS – Colts Quarterback Peyton Manning has been named a finalist for FedEx Air NFL Player-of-the-Week honors, the NFL announced on Tuesday. Fans can vote for winners on NFL.com/FedEx from 9 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday through noon (ET) on Friday to determine the Players-of-the-Week.
Manning helped lead the Colts to a 31-10 victory Sunday night at Arizona, the Colts' second consecutive prime-time road win against a defending division champion. Manning completed 24-of-35 passes for 379 yards and four touchdowns with one interception for a 130.5 passer rating.
It was Manning's 50th career 300-plus-yard game, including his third consecutive, while he passed for four touchdowns in a game for the 18th time in his career, surpassing John Unitas for the 3rd-most in NFL history. Manning also moved up two other career lists Sunday night. He moved into 6th place in NFL passing yards with 46,611, and 5th place in most starting wins by a quarterback with 120.
Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. As part of the Air & Ground program, FedEx continues its support of Safe Kids USA – a national non-profit organization that works to prevent accidental injury among children – by making weekly $1,000 donations in the winning players' names. The funding, allocated to local Safe Kids coalitions in that team's city, is used for pedestrian safety improvements throughout the year, from upgraded crosswalks and street signage to traffic barriers and educational training.
Also finalists for Air Player-of-the-Week honors were Baltimore's Joe Flacco and Philadelphia's Kevin Kolb.
BROWN NOMINATED FOR WEEKLY ROOKIE HONOR
Colts rookie running back Donald Brown also has been nominated for a weekly honor. Brown is a finalist along with rookies Percy Harvin, Knowshon Moreno, Mark Sanchez and Matthew Stafford for NFL Rookie-of-the-Week honors.
Brown totaled 112 scrimmage yards in the Colts' Sunday night victory at Arizona. Brown had 40 rushing yards and a 72-yard reception to help the Colts to a 3-0 start. Both totals marked career-highs for the first-round draft choice from Connecticut.
Fans can vote for the award at NFL.com/rookies beginning Tuesday at 9 a.m. (ET) through noon (ET) on Friday.