Week 1 Nominees Announced: Players & Coach of the Week Awards

Falcons DE John Abraham, Titans CB Cortland Finnegan, Panthers CB Chris Gamble, Cardinals De Travis La Boy & Steelers Lb La Marr Woodley For GMC Sierra Defensive Player Of The Week Honors Fans To

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(August 9 2008 – TMRZoo.Com) Defensive End John Abraham Of The Atlanta Falcons, Cornerback Cortland Finnegan Of The Tennessee Titans, Cornerback Chris Gamble Of The Carolina Panthers, Defensive End Travis La Boy Of The Arizona Cardinals And Linebacker La Marr Woodley Of The Pittsburgh Steelers Are The Finalists for GMC SIERRA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK honors for games played on September 4 – 8, the NFL announced today.

Fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com/gmc beginning immediately following Monday Night Football and ending on Thursday at 4:00 pm EST to determine the GMC SIERRA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK. The winner will be announced Thursday evening on NFL.com.

After the regular season, five players will be nominated for GMC Sierra Defensive Player of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/gmc throughout the month of January.

A closer look at the finalists:

• Atlanta’s JOHN ABRAHAM posted three sacks in the Falcons’ 34 – 21 win over the Detroit Lions. Abraham caused a total loss of 16 yards with his three sacks, the last of which forced a Lions’ punt to set up the Falcons’ final possession.

• Tennessee’s CORTLAND FINNEGAN posted five tackles and two interceptions in the Titans’ 17 – 10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Finnegan’s first interception off Jaguars QB David Garrard came at the Tennessee 14 to stop a Titans scoring drive.

• Carolina’s CHRIS GAMBLE made five tackles, recovered a fumble and ran it 31 yards for a third-quarter touchdown to give the Panthers the lead in their 26 – 24 win over the San Diego Chargers.

• Arizona’s TRAVIS LA BOY posted four tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble in the Cardinals’ 23 – 13 win over the San Francisco 49ers. With just under two minutes remaining, LaBoy sacked 49ers QB J.T. O’Sullivan, forced him to fumble and then recovered the ball to seal the Cardinals’ win.

• Pittsburgh’s LA MARR WOODLEY batted down a pass, recorded one sack, recovered a fumble, registered two tackles, and made one interception in his first career start, a 38-17 win over the Houston Texans. Woodley’s interception set up a Steelers touchdown for a 21-0 lead with nine minutes remaining in the second quarter.

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RAVENS QB JOE FLACCO, BEARS RB MATT FORTÉ, TITANS RB CHRIS JOHNSON, BRONCOS WR EDDIE ROYAL & FALCONS QB MATT RYAN CANDIDATES FOR DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF WEEK HONORS

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Quarterback JOE FLACCO of the Baltimore Ravens, running back MATT FORTÉ of the Chicago Bears, running back CHRIS JOHNSON of the Tennessee Titans, wide receiver EDDIE ROYAL of the Denver Broncos and quarterback MATT RYAN of the Atlanta Falcons are the finalists for DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on September 4 – 8, the NFL announced today.

Fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com/rookies beginning Tuesday at 8am ET and ending on Friday at noon ET to determine the DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK. The DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK will be announced Friday evening on NFL.com/rookies.

In addition, for the fourth year, NFL fans may cast their votes for the DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK using phones with Sprint wireless service – an opportunity available only to Sprint customers. This fast, convenient voting method involves texting the word PEPSI to short code 7777. Sprint customers will then receive an interactive text message that links fans to the ballot with the five finalists each week. Data and text messaging rates may apply.

After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January. The winner will be announced at a press conference at Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa Bay.

A closer look at the finalists:

• Baltimore’s JOE FLACCO led the Ravens to a 17-10 win over the division rival Cincinnati Bengals. Flacco completed 15 of 29 passes, threw for 129 yards, had no turnovers and ran for a 38-yard third-quarter touchdown to secure the Ravens’ win.

• Chicago’s MATT FORTÉ rushed for 123 yards over 23 carries and scored one 50-yard touchdown in the Bears’ 29 – 13 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Forté also made three catches for 18 yards to contribute to the Bears’ total 319 yards.

• Tennessee’s CHRIS JOHNSON rushed for 93 yards and completed three receptions for 34 yards and one touchdown in the Titans’ 17 – 10 win over the AFC South rival Jacksonville Jaguars.

• Denver’s EDDIE ROYAL completed nine catches for 146 yards and one touchdown in the Broncos’ 41 – 14 win over the Oakland Raiders. Royal also rushed for nine yards, recovered a fumble and returned three kicks for 30 yards to help secure the Broncos’ win.

• Atlanta’s MATT RYAN recorded his first NFL touchdown and victory in the Falcons’ 34 – 21 win over the Detroit Lions. Ryan threw for 161 yards, directed the Falcons in gaining 474 total yards and became the first NFL quarterback in eight years to throw for a touchdown with his first pass.

This is Pepsi’s seventh year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the fourth year that Diet Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.

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SAINTS QB DREW BREES, BRONCOS QB JAY CUTLER & EAGLES QB DONOVAN MC NABB; BEARS RB MATT FORTÉ, STEELERS RB
WILLIE PARKER & FALCONS RB MICHAEL TURNER CANDIDATES FOR
FEDEX AIR & GROUND® NFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK HONORS

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FedEx To Deliver Funding For Safe Kids Organizations On Behalf of Winning Players In
Their Teams’ Markets

Quarterbacks DREW BREES of the New Orleans Saints, JAY CUTLER of the Denver Broncos and DONOVAN MC NABB of the Philadelphia Eagles are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on September 4 – 8, while running backs MATT FORTÉ of the Chicago Bears, WILLIE PARKER of the Pittsburgh Steelers and MICHAEL TURNER of the Atlanta Falcons are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week honors, the NFL announced today.

Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com/FedEx from 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday through 3 p.m. EST on Friday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday evening on NFL.com.

Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. As part of the Air & Ground program for the first time, FedEx is teaming up with Safe Kids USA – a national non-profit organization that works to prevent accidental injury among children – to deliver safer kids by making weekly $1,000 donations in the winning players’ names. The funding directly benefits local Safe Kids coalitions in that team’s city, to fund pedestrian safety improvements throughout the year. This year, FedEx celebrates its fifth year of the program and will surpass the $1 million mark in funding to create safer communities for children.

New this season, fans can tune into the “FedEx Air & Ground Lowdown” posted only on NFL.com/FedEx starting Tuesday evenings. The show examines the nominees in the Air & Ground categories through exclusive video highlights and expert analysis. NFL Network’s MARSHALL FAULK and TERRELL DAVIS host the weekly five-minute show.

A closer look at the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week finalists:

• New Orleans’ DREW BREES completed 23 of 32 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints’ 24 – 20 win over AFC South rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

• Denver’s JAY CUTLER completed 16 of 24 passes for 299 yards and threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Broncos’ 41 – 14 win over the Oakland Raiders.

• Philadelphia’s DONOVAN MC NABB passed for 361 yards, scored three touchdowns and completed 21 of 33 passes in the Eagles’ 38 – 3 win over the St. Louis Rams.

A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:

• Chicago’s MATT FORTÉ rushed for 123 yards over 23 carries and scored one 50-yard touchdown in the Bears’ 29 – 13 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

• Pittsburgh’s WILLIE PARKER carried the ball 25 times for 138 yards and three touchdowns in the Steelers’ 38-17 win over the Houston Texans.

• Atlanta’s MICHAEL TURNER ran for 220 yards over 22 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Falcons 34 – 21 win over the Detroit Lions. Turner’s 220 yards broke the Falcons’ record for rushing yards in a single game.

FedEx, the premier global provider of transportation, e-commerce and supply-chain management services, is the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl. Through the weekly FedEx Air & Ground Awards, FedEx recognizes those NFL players who represent the same speed, precision and teamwork that their customers have come to expect from the full range of FedEx air, ground, freight and international shipping services, delivering safer kids in the process. With thousands of trucks out on the roads each day, FedEx is committed to improving pedestrian safety for children, by funding education programs and environmental improvements, from signage and crosswalks to pedestrian walkways near schools and playgrounds.

BILLS HEAD COACH DICK JAURON, SAINTS HEAD COACH SEAN PAYTON & FALCONS HEAD COACH MIKE SMITH CANDIDATES FOR
MOTOROLA NFL COACH OF THE WEEK AWARD

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Head coaches DICK JAURON of the Buffalo Bills, SEAN PAYTON of the New Orleans Saints and MIKE SMITH of the Atlanta Falcons are the nominees for MOTOROLA NFL COACH OF THE WEEK honors for games played September 4 – 8, the NFL announced today.

Fans can vote on NFL.com for the head coach whose game plan played the greatest role in his team’s victory. Voting will take place from Tuesday morning through noon ET on Friday to determine the MOTOROLA NFL COACH OF THE WEEK. The winner will be announced Friday afternoon on NFL.com. In January, voting will be held on NFL.com to determine the MOTOROLA NFL COACH OF THE YEAR.

A closer look at the Motorola NFL Coach of the Week nominees:

• Buffalo’s DICK JAURON led the Bills to a 34 – 10 win over the Seattle Seahawks, marking Buffalo’s first win on Kickoff Weekend since 2005. The 34 points scored were the most the Bills had scored on a Kickoff Weekend since 1993 and posted 338 total yards. The Bills defense held Seattle to 19% conversion rate on third downs, only 3.8 yards per offensive play and held Seattle to 85 rushing yards and to only 10 points. Under Jauron’s watch, special teams produced two touchdowns – one on a Roscoe Parrish 63-yard punt return and a 19-yard touchdown pass from Brian Moorman to Ryan Denney on a fake field goal play. The kickoff coverage unit also forced a fumble on a Seattle kick return.

• New Orleans’ SEAN PAYTON led the Saints to a 24 – 20 win over division rival and last year’s NFC South champions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After spending a week displaced in Indianapolis, Payton’s Saints returned to the Superdome. On offense, they gained a total 438 yards, with Drew Brees passing for 343 yards and three touchdowns. Payton effectively utilized Reggie Bush as both a back and receiver, rushing for 51 yards on 14 carries and receiving 112 yards on eight carries, including one for a touchdown. The Saints defense secured the win when LB Scott Fujita picked off the Bucs on their final drive and on the Saints 19 with 44-seconds left.

• In his first game as an NFL head coach, MIKE SMITH led the Atlanta Falcons to a 34 – 21 win over the Detroit Lions. Smith put a Falcons offense on the field that gained 474 total yards, 220 of which were produced by RB Michael Turner, and only allowed one sack on QB Matt Ryan, who threw for 161 yards and one touchdown. Smith orchestrated a full game plan that had Atlanta score on its first three possessions for a 21 – 0 lead. On defense, DE John Abraham posted three sacks and SS Lawyer Milloy intercepted Lions QB Jon Kitna, and the Falcons defense limited the Lions to only 62 rushing yards.

Motorola’s brand has become synonymous with NFL coaches through the coaches’ headsets worn during every NFL game. As the wireless communications sponsor of the NFL, Motorola is working with the league to better integrate technology to improve the quality of the game, just as Motorola continuously provides better communications devices to help millions of NFL fans enjoy the game of football in their everyday lives.