Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor is one of three finalists for 2007 FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year honors. Also nominated are San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson.
Taylor lead the Jaguars to an 11 – 5 record and the number five seed in the AFC by rushing for 1,202 yards (fifth in the AFC, ninth in the league) over only 223 carries (5.4 average) and scoring five touchdowns. Taylor helped the Jaguars finish strong by finishing his season with five 100 yard games in Weeks 12 – 16, with one of his best performances coming at Pittsburgh rushing for 147 yards over 25 carries and scoring one touchdown to beat the Steelers 29 – 22. This year, Taylor became the 21st running back in history with 10,000 yards rushing (10,715). He also made nine receptions for 58 yards. Taylor was nominated for two FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week awards in 2007, winning once.
Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com from 9:00am ET on Tuesday, January 8 through 12:00 noon ET on Wednesday, January 23 to determine the 2007 FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year.
The FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year will be announced on Wednesday, January 30 during a press conference the week of Super Bowl XLII in Arizona.
Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. The local children's hospitals in the two winners' markets will be awarded $25,000 each. In addition, in honor of the Super Bowl host region, FedEx will donate $25,000 to Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation in Arizona. The weekly FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Awards were a win all season for the local community. Along with the award, FedEx donated $5,000 every week to the local children's hospital in each winning market. That means that FedEx will deliver nearly $250,000 to local children's hospitals around the country in recognition of the 2007 FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Award winners.