The NFL announced today that quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and running back De Marco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys are the Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week for games played on October 23-24. 

Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 30 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers’ 33-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings. This is his fourth straight win in the Air category.

Rookie DeMarco Murray 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 also broke the franchise’s single-game rushing record.

Rodgers and Murray were selected from among six finalists in Air and Ground categories. The other Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week finalists were quarterbacks Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and running backs Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears and Arian Foster of the Houston Texans.

Fans voted for more than their favorite players. The weekly Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Awards are also a win for local communities. Along with the player awards, there is a $2,000 donation in each of the winning players’ names to the local Junior Achievement area offices in Wisconsin and Dallas. 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.

2011 AIR NFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Wk 1

Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Wk 2

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Wk 3

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Wk 4

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Wk 6

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers