PATRICK MAHOMES AND SAQUON BARKLEY NAMED 2018 FEDEX AIR & GROUND® NFL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

FedEx Supports United Service Organizations (USO) with more than $100,000 in Donations 

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES and New York Giants running back SAQUON BARKLEY were named the 2018 FEDEX AIR & GROUND NFL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR. FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the National Football League made the announcement today, February 2, in advance of NFL Honors – a two-hour primetime special airing nationally on CBS the night before Super Bowl LIII.

The FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year awards are a culmination of weekly awards presented by FedEx throughout the NFL season. The awards give football fans the ability to honor stand-out quarterback and running back performances each week, which in turn, direct charitable donations to the USO in the name of the winning players. This is the 16th season FedEx has presented the awards.

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes led the NFL with 50 touchdown passes and joined Peyton Manning (55 touchdown passes in 2013) and Tom Brady (50 in 2007) as the only quarterbacks with at least 50 touchdown passes in a single season in NFL history. A 2019 Pro Bowl selection, he ranked second in the NFL with a franchise-record 5,097 passing yards and became the seventh different player in NFL history with 5,000+ pass yards in a single season. In total, Mahomes had seven games with at least four touchdown passes in 2018, the second-most in a single season in league annals.

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley led the NFL with 2,028 scrimmage yards and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (2,212 scrimmage yards in 1983) and Edgerrin James (2,139 in 1999) as the only rookies with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards in NFL history. A 2019 Pro Bowl selection, Barkley ranked second in the league with 1,307 rushing yards and had 91 receptions in 2018, the most by a rookie running back in NFL history.

Mahomes and Barkley were selected from a panel of three finalists in their respective Air and Ground categories. The other FedEx Air NFL Players of the Year finalists were Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers, while the FedEx Ground NFL Players of the Year finalists included Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys and Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams.

As part of the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year program, FedEx will donate $40,000 to the USO – $20,000 in each winning player’s name – through FedEx Cares. The donation will be used to support the USO, a military support organization dedicated to connecting service members and their families to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation.

Throughout the 2018-19 season, FedEx supported its commitment to serving the community by making weekly $2,000 donations to the USO in each of the weekly winning players’ names. The total contribution will amount to $108,000 this season.

As the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, FedEx is proud to sponsor the 16th annual FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year awards. The awards highlight the league’s leaders at the quarterback and running back positions, recognizing the players that consistently delivered the best results throughout the season.

The $108,000 donation is part of the company’s FedEx Cares global giving platform, in which FedEx is continuing to invest $200 million in more than 200 communities by 2020 to create opportunities and deliver solutions around the world.

PREVIOUS FEDEX AIR & GROUND NFL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS
SEASON AIR WINNER GROUND WINNER
2017 Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
2016 Matt Ryan, Atlanta Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas
2015 Carson Palmer, Arizona Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
2014 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh
2013 Peyton Manning, Denver LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
2012 Peyton Manning, Denver Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
2011 Drew Brees, New Orleans LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
2010 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Jamaal Charles, Kansas City
2009 Drew Brees, New Orleans Chris Johnson, Tennessee
2008 Drew Brees, New Orleans Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
2007 Brett Favre, Green Bay Fred Taylor, Jacksonville
2006 Drew Brees, New Orleans LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego
2005 Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Shaun Alexander, Seattle
2004 Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Curtis Martin, New York Jets
2003 Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Ahman Green, Green Bay

 

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $69 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 450,000 team members to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about.fedex.com.

 

About the USO

The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

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