The NFL announced today that quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and running back Willis Mc Gahee of the Denver Broncos are the Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week for games played on November 6-7.
Rodgers converted 80.8 percent of his pass attempts for 247 yards and four scores in the Packers’ 45-38 win over the San Diego Chargers. His four touchdown tosses were tied for the most amongst quarterbacks on the weekend. This is his fifth win in the Air category in the 2011 season.
McGahee ran 20 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos’ 38-24 win over the Oakland Raiders. His rushing total was the highest of any player on Sunday.
Rodgers and McGahee were selected from among six finalists in Air and Ground categories. The other Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week finalists were quarterbacks Matt Moore of the Miami Dolphins and Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons, and running backs Arian Foster of the Houston Texans and De Marco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys.
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 the Rocky Mountains. 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
Week 1: Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Week 2: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Week 3: Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Week 4: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Week 5: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Week 6: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Week 7: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Week 8: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 9: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers