The NFL and FedEx announced the finalists for the 2020 FedEx Air and Ground NFL Player of the Year honors. Finalists for the Air NFL Player of the Year award are quarterbacks Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills), Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) and Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers).
Finalists for the Ground NFL Player of the Year award are running backs Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings), Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans) and Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints).
Through February 2 at 3 p.m. ET, fans can cast their vote for the one quarterback and one running back that they feel had the year's best Air & Ground performances. Fans can vote for each category at nfl.com/fedex or via a Twitter poll on the @NFL official handle.
Every season for 18 years, FedEx has recognized NFL quarterbacks and running backs that delivered the best performances for their fans and teammates. Celebrate these standout performances by voting for the 2020 FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year.
As part of the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year program, FedEx will donate $20,000 to Direct Relief in the name of each of the winning players. The $40,000 total donation will help deliver emergency medical backpacks to local community clinics and health centers throughout the U.S. and in the cities that the winning players play in. Each backpack will support up to 500 people in the community.
Throughout the 2020 season, FedEx made weekly $2,000 donations to Direct Relief in the names of the weekly winning players to help support local community clinics and health centers in local NFL communities. This support for Direct Relief is a part of the FedEx Cares 50 by 50 initiative, a journey to deliver hope, change, and new possibilities for 50 million people by FedEx's 50th anniversary in 2023.
FedEx will announce the winners of the 2020 FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year awards at NFL Honors presented by Invisalign, a two-hour primetime awards special airing nationally on February 6, 2021 from 9-11 p.m. ET on CBS, the night before Super Bowl LV.
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A closer look at the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year finalists:
- Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen had the fourth-highest passer rating (107.2) and ranked fifth in both passing yards (4,544) and touchdown passes (37) in 2020, each single-season franchise records as the Bills earned their first division title since 1995. He also had eight rushing touchdowns and became the first player with at least 4,500 passing yards, 35 touchdown passes and five rushing touchdowns in a single season in NFL history. Allen recorded eight games with at least 300 passing yards, tied for the third-most in the league this season.
- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes ranked second in the NFL with 4,740 passing yards and fourth with 38 touchdown passes to help the Chiefs earn their third consecutive AFC West Division title and the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC playoffs. He became the third player with at least 4,000 passing yards in three of his first four seasons in NFL history, joining Peyton Manning and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino. Mahomes, who had the second-most games with at least 300 passing yards this season (nine), became the first player in league history with at least 30 completions and 300 passing yards in four consecutive games (Weeks 8-9, Weeks 11-12).
- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the NFL with a career-high 48 touchdown passes in 2020, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (48 touchdown passes in 1984) for the fifth-most touchdown passes in a single NFL season. He also became the first player in league history with three seasons of at least 40 touchdown passes and helped the Packers earn the NFC North division title and No. 1 overall seed in the NFC playoffs. He led the NFL with a 121.5 passer rating — the second-highest single-season mark by a quarterback in league history behind only his own 122.5 passer rating in 2011 — and became the first quarterback in NFL history with a passer rating of 100-or-higher in 14 games within a single season. Rodgers had 12 games with at least three touchdown passes during the 2020 season, tied with Tom Brady (12 games in 2007) for the most such games in a single season in NFL history.
A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year finalists:
- Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook ranked second in the NFL with a career-high 1,557 rushing yards and tied for second with a career-best 16 rushing touchdowns. He registered the second-most games with at least 100 rushing yards (eight) in 2020 and became the sixth player in NFL history — and the first since Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith in 1994 — to have a rushing touchdown in each of his first seven games of a season. In Weeks 8 and 9, Cook became the third player in league history with at least 225 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown (1963) and Deuce McAllister (2003).
- Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry led the NFL with 2,027 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns in 2020 and became only the eighth player in league history to rush for at least 2,000 yards in a season. He became the first player in history to record three games with at least 200 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in a single season. Henry, who led the NFL with 1,540 rushing yards and was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Year in 2019, is the first player since Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson (2006-07) to lead the league in rushing yards in consecutive seasons.
- New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara led the league in scrimmage touchdowns (21) and ranked third with 1,688 scrimmage yards (932 rushing, 756 receiving). In Week 16, he recorded six rushing touchdowns, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Ernie Nevers (1929) for the most TDs in a single game in NFL history. Kamara, who recorded five games with at least two touchdowns, now has 18 career games with two-or-more touchdowns, tied for the most by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history.