Jamaal Charles, Aaron Rodgers win FedEx Awards

FedEx announced its individual player awards in Dallas Wednesday, naming Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles as its FedEx Ground Player of the Year and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as the FedEx Air Player of the Year.

2009 winners were Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans, and Drew Brees of the Saints.

The awards are based on fan voting.

Rodgers missed one regular season game and lost out to Tom Brady for Offensive Player of the Year, but Green Bay fans tend to come out in droves. Rodgers is certainly not undeserving of the recognition, having led the Packers to a Super Bowl berth while racking up a 23:5 touchdown-to-turnover ratio in his last 11 games.

Rodgers’ career postseason touchdown-to-turnover ratio is 13:3, and he’s engineered three straight playoff wins by a combined margin of 90-51.

Charles had a season for the ages, but still seems underrated. More accurately, he was underutilized in Kansas City, averaging a league-high 6.38 yards per carry but only getting 230 rushing attempts. Thomas Jones started over Charles for the majority of the season, and finished with 15 more carries despite a lousy 3.66 yards-per-attempt average.

Chiefs coach Todd Haley’s misusage of the two backs inspired CBS to construct this fantasy football-related graphic during the season.

(Not really.)

21 responses to “Jamaal Charles, Aaron Rodgers win FedEx Awards

  1. what no one seems to consider is that Haley’s limiting Charles’ carries helped him to be so productive…hopefully this two-back system will help to significantly enlongate Charles’ career, as opposed to how most teams ride their star tailback too hard and provides only a year or two of stellar production before burning out

  2. Actually that was a typo. A. Rudejerk was named winner of the FredEx Award as Airhead Player of the Year. Named after legendary inaugural winner Freddie Mitchell.

  3. I always find numbers like you listed for Rodgers’ TD-INT ratio funny. A 13:3 TD to INT ratio? That’s not a ratio, it’s just the number of touchdowns and interceptions that he’s thrown. If he threw for 15 TD’s and 3 INTS then calling it a 5:1 ratio is fine by me, buy why waste calling it a ratio when it’s really just his stats?

  4. Like the Packers, hate the Patriots, but Rodgers over Brady for any award this season is crazy. Brady killed it.

  5. Whatever you doing to run for 15oo, 500 rec yds and average 6.38 a carry, no need to do anything. They just need to find him a better compliment back

  6. don’t understand how jamal charles won over houston texans rb arian foster. foster is the better back, period.

  7. “More accurately, he was underutilized in Kansas City, averaging a league-high 6.38 yards per carry but only getting 230 rushing attempts.”

    The NFL is fantasy football, Evan.

    No way Charles would last with a heavy workload.

  8. It took Arian 97 more touches to get 149 more yards… So if you took Jamal’s 6.38 per carry times 97… Well you do the math! Jamal Charles is well deserving of this award!

  9. Hobartbaker,

    The community of PFT would like to let you know that it’s time to step back from the keyboard and log off for a while. Your constant whiffs are beginning to become a distraction.

    Feel free to keep reading the articles, but please refrain from posting any more lame attempts at humor.

    Thanks in advance.

  10. FedEx Ground should have gone to Arian Foster. You know…the rushing leader of 2010. The guy who was also #1 for all-purpose yards. Way to go fans on blowing this one!

  11. zanderbough says:
    Feb 2, 2011 4:39 PM
    Like the Packers, hate the Patriots, but Rodgers over Brady for any award this season is crazy. Brady killed it.

    but Aaron took his team to the Super Bowl…Brady did not

  12. I always find numbers like you listed for Rodgers’ TD-INT ratio funny. A 13:3 TD to INT ratio? That’s not a ratio, it’s just the number of touchdowns and interceptions that he’s thrown. If he threw for 15 TD’s and 3 INTS then calling it a 5:1 ratio is fine by me, buy why waste calling it a ratio when it’s really just his stats?

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    A ratio is just a comparison of two different things. It’s a perfectly valid use of the term.

  13. nickynick04 says:
    Feb 2, 2011 6:59 PM

    but Aaron took his team to the Super Bowl…Brady did not

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    They are regular season awards, and no one had a better year at QB than Tom Brady.

  14. nickynick04 says:
    Feb 2, 2011 6:59 PM
    but Aaron took his team to the Super Bowl…Brady did not

    If this award takes into account the post season, then I say it’s close between Rogers and Brady. But Brady literally had one of he best seasons of all time.

    From wiki: Brady’s 9:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio (36:4) would break his own single-season record of 6.25:1, which he set in 2007. No other quarterback in NFL history has had a 6:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio for a season.

  15. bsofa04 says:
    Feb 2, 2011 6:33 PM
    FedEx Ground should have gone to Arian Foster. You know…the rushing leader of 2010. The guy who was also #1 for all-purpose yards. Way to go fans on blowing this one!

    I’m more impressed with Jamal Charles’ yards per carry.

  16. I miss the photo of the day on PFT …

    It’s a good debate, Jamal Charles or Arian Foster, Rodgers or Brady. All were difference makers on the field. But like a lot of awards, sometimes it’s what was expected of you or your team going into the season vs. what actually happened. Did Brady do more with less of a WR corp than Rodgers ? Probably. But Brady had something of a running game instead of every play being on his shoulders like Rodgers. Being a Texans fan I can say that I’m fine with Jamal Charles winning the award. He was the true difference maker on that team. Yeah, Bowe lit it up for several weeks mid-season but Charles was electric. Not to take anything away from Arian Foster. He was consistently very good all year long. But KC had the #1 running offense in the NFL, Houston was 7th.

  17. but Aaron took his team to the Super Bowl…Brady did not

    and if the Packers should win come Sunday, Rodgers will have won more Superbowls than Brady without the help of Matt Walsh.

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