DALLAS, Tex. (WTAQ) - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been named the winner of the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year.
FedEx and the NFL Wednesday announced the winners of the 8th annual FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year awards at a press conference in North Texas.
Rodgers finished in the top 10 in nearly every major passing category this season, with 3,922 passing yards (7th), 28 touchdowns (tied for 6th), a 65.7 completion percentage (6th), 40 25-yard passes (2nd) and a 101.2 passer rating (3rd).
Rodgers’ 3,922 passing yards this season brought his total in three seasons as a starter to 12,394, ranking second in NFL history for the most passing yards by a quarterback in his first 3 seasons as a starter.
Rodgers posted a passer rating of at least 110.0 during Week 9 & Weeks 11 – 13 making him the only quarterback since 1970 to post a passer rating of at least 110.0 in four consecutive games in back-to-back seasons.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles 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 Green Bay and Kansas City, the local organizations in each player’s market.
As part of the program during the season, FedEx supported local Safe Kids coalitions by making weekly $2,000 donations in each of the winning players’ names to their communities.
The funding was used for pedestrian safety improvements throughout the year, from upgraded crosswalks and safety signs to traffic barriers and educational training for children.
Rodgers and Charles were selected from a panel of three finalists in each of their respective Air and Ground categories.