INDIANAPOLIS – Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has been named FedEx Ground NFL player of the year. Drew Brees was named FedEx Air player of the year.
FedEx will donate $25,000 in each player's name to the Junior Achievement Programs in the Delaware Valley and New Orleans.
McCoy ran for a league-high 17 touchdowns in 2011. He gained 1,309 yards, fourth in the NFL. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry and led the NFL with 84 runs for a first down. His 17 rushing touchdowns (and 20 overall) broke Eagles’ records that had stood since 1945.
McCoy and Brees were selected from a panel of three finalists in each of their respective Air and Ground categories. The other Air finalists were Patriots QB Tom Brady and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. The other Ground finalists were the Jaguars' Maurice Jones-Drew and the Ravens' Ray Rice.