The National Football League announced the five finalists for the 2015 Pepsi NFL Rookie of The Year award.

2015 PEPSI NEXT NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Player, Position (Team)
Amari Cooper, WR (Oakland)
Todd Gurley, RB (St. Louis)
Tyler Lockett, WR/Special Teams (Seattle)
Marcus Peters, CB (Kansas City)
Jameis Winston, QB (Tampa Bay)

Starting today, fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com/Rookies through Thursday, January 28 to determine the 2015 Pepsi NFL Rookie of The Year.

The 2015 Pepsi NFL Rookie of The Year award will be recognized in San Francisco during the Super Bowl festivities and online at NFL.com/Rookies.

The five finalists were selected for their outstanding performances throughout the 2015 NFL season.  Each week, five nominees were chosen for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL fans voted for the winner on NFL.com. Those results were used to help determine the finalists.

A closer look at the finalists:

•Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper

Cooper led all rookies with 72 receptions and 1,070 receiving yards, which were also both franchise rookie records. Cooper had five games with at least 100 receiving yards and he became the first rookie with three 100-yard receiving games in his team’s first six games since Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka in 1961.
•St. Louis Rams RB Todd Gurley

Gurley ranked third and led all rookies this season with 1,106 rushing yards. Gurley, who was selected to the Pro Bowl, had five games with at least 125 rushing yards, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (seven in 1983) for the most ever by a rookie. Gurley rushed for 10 touchdowns and was one of six players in the league to have 10+ rushing touchdowns.

•Seattle Seahawks WR-PR-KR Tyler Lockett

Lockett was selected to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist, but also contributed as a wide receiver. Lockett finished the season with 664 receiving yards, six touchdown catches and added a punt-return (Week 1) and kick-return touchdown (Week 3). Lockett joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (1965) as the only rookies in NFL history to have at least five touchdown catches, a kickoff-return touchdown and a punt-return touchdown.
•Kansas City CB Marcus Peters

Peters finished tied for the most interceptions in the NFL this season with eight and was selected to the Pro Bowl. His 280 interception-return yards and 35.0 INT-return average were the most in the league. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns, a 90-yarder in Week 15 and 55-yarder in Week 2. Peters finished the season with 60 total tackles, 26 pass defensed, eight interceptions and a forced fumble.

•Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston

Winston set franchise records for most passing yards (4,042) and touchdown passes (22) by a rookie. Winston’s 4,042 passing yards are the third-most by a rookie in NFL history and his 22 touchdown passes are tied for the fourth-most by a rookie in NFL history. In Week 11, Winston threw five touchdowns with no interceptions and joined Ray Buivid (December 5, 1937) as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

This is Pepsi’s 14th year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the 13th year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.

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The National Football League and FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced today quarterbacks Tom Brady (New England Patriots), Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) and Carson Palmer (Arizona Cardinals) are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year honors, while running backs Todd Gurley (St. Louis Rams), Doug Martin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings) are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year.

During the weeks leading up to Super Bowl 50, fans have the chance to cast their vote for the one quarterback and one running back they feel had the year’s most epic Air & Ground performances. Fans can select their picks for each category on http://www.nfl.com/voting/players-air-and-ground/2015/YEAR/0​​ until Thursday, February 4 to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year.

As part of the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week program, FedEx will donate $25,000 to the local American Red Cross chapters of the winners of the FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year awards. The charitable contributions will help assist the Red Cross in its efforts to provide disaster relief and recovery services to individuals and families across the country.

Throughout the 2015-16 season, FedEx supported its commitment to serving the community by making weekly $2,000 donations to local Red Cross Chapters in each of the weekly winning players’ names. This amounted to a total contribution of $118,000 this season.

FedEx will announce the 2015 FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year winners at the “5th Annual NFL Honors” awards show in San Francisco, a two-hour primetime special to air nationally on February 6 on CBS the night before Super Bowl 50.

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

•New England Patriots QB Tom Brady led the NFL with 36 touchdown passes and joined Peyton Manning (four) as the only players in NFL history with at least 35 touchdown passes in four different seasons. Brady moved up the all-time list for career passing yards (58,028) and touchdowns (428), ranking fifth in passing yards and tied with Drew Brees for the third-most touchdown passes.

•New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees’ 4,870 passing yards were the most in the NFL this season and he is the first player to lead the league in passing yards six times. Brees threw 32 touchdowns this season and has thrown for at least 30 touchdowns in an NFL-record eight consecutive seasons. Brees has the fourth-most career passing yards (60,903) and is tied with Brady for the third-most touchdown passes (428).

•Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer led the Cardinals to a 13-3 record after throwing for 4,671 yards, the fourth most this season. Palmer was tied for the second-most touchdown passes with 35 this season and had the third-best passer rating in the league (104.6). His passing yards and touchdown passes this season were both franchise records.

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

•St. Louis Rams RB Todd Gurley ranked third and led all rookies this season with 1,106 rushing yards. Gurley had five games with at least 125 rushing yards, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (seven in 1983) for the most ever by a rookie. Gurley rushed for 10 touchdowns and was one of six players in the league to have 10+ rushing touchdowns.

•Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin ranked second in the league with 1,402 rushing yards. Martin ranked first in NFL with a 4.87 rushing average (minimum 150 attempts) and finished with seven total touchdowns (six rushing, one receiving).

•Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson finished the season with an NFL-best 1,485 rushing yards and tied for the league lead with 11 rushing touchdowns. Peterson is just the third player in NFL history to lead the league in rushing yards after his 30th birthday. He joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith (eight) and LaDainian Tomlinson (nine) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 10 touchdowns in at least eight different seasons.

As the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, FedEx is proud to sponsor the 13th annual FedEx Air and Ground NFL Players of the Year awards. The awards highlight the league’s leaders at the quarterback and running back positions, recognizing the players that consistently delivered the best results throughout the season.

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The National Football League today announced the five finalists for the 2015 Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of The Year. The “Castrol EDGE Clutch Performer of the Year” is the best performer or performance of the week that represents strength in key moments.

2015 CASTROL EDGE CLUTCH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

Week 8 – Drew Brees throws seven touchdowns in Saints’ win
Week 9 – Antonio Brown’s has 284 receiving yards in Steelers’ win
Week 10 – Stephen Gostkowski’s 54-yard field goal in Patriots’ win
Week 13 – Jameis Winston’s third down scramble in Buccaneers’ win
Week 14 – Khalil Mack records five sacks in Raiders’ win

Fans can vote for one of these five performers on NFL.com/Castrol-EDGE through Thursday, February 4 to determine the 2015 Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of The Year.

The winner of the 2015 Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of The Year will be announced at the “5th Annual NFL Honors” awards show in San Francisco, a two-hour primetime special to air nationally on February 6 on CBS the night before Super Bowl 50.

The five finalists were selected among 17 of the most memorable Castrol EDGE Clutch Performers during the 2015 NFL season. Each week the NFL selected five nominees for the performers of the week in which the fans voted for the winner on NFL.com/Castrol-EDGE.

“Castrol EDGE is known for its strength under severe pressure, maximizing your car’s performance,” said Rich Pond, Castrol’s vice president of marketing, Americas region. “These five finalists for the Castrol EDGE Clutch Performer of the year have proven their strength under pressure to lead their teams to thrilling victories. They are five individuals who have helped make this another exciting NFL season.”

A closer look at the nominees:

Week 8 – Drew Brees throws seven touchdowns in Saints’ win: Brees completed 39 of 50 passes for 505 yards and seven touchdowns with a 131.7 passer rating in the Saints’ 52-49 win over the New York Giants. His seventh touchdown pass tied the game with 0:36 remaining in the game. The Saints would go on to convert the game-winning field goal as time expired.

Week 9 – Antonio Brown’s has 284 receiving yards in Steelers’ win: Brown recorded 17 catches for 284 yards (16.7 average) in the Steelers’ 38-35 win over the Oakland Raiders. His 17 receptions and 284 receiving yards were both franchise records. Brown caught a 57 yard pass on the last drive to set up the game-winning field goal with 0:02 remaining.

Week 10 – Stephen Gostkowski’s 54-yard field goal in Patriots’ win:

Gostkowski converted a 54-yard field goal with 0:01 remaining to give the New England Patriots a 27-26 victory over the New York Giants. The Patriots trailed 26-24 with 1:47 remaining and made a last minute drive to set up Gostkowski’s kick.

Week 13 – Jameis Winston’s third down scramble in Buccaneers’ win: With Tampa Bay trailing Atlanta 19-16, Winston scrambled on third and 19 and converted the first down with a 20-yard run. The run extended the drive and set up the game-winning touchdown pass from Winston to Mike Evans with 1:39 remaining to give the Buccaneers a 23-19 win.

Week 14 – Khalil Mack records five sacks in Raiders’ win: Mack led the Raider defense with five sacks and recorded seven tackles as Oakland defeated Denver 15-12. With Oakland trailing 12-7 with 1:58 remaining in the third quarter, Mack sacked Brock Osweiler in the end zone and forced a fumble that resulted in a safety, pulling the Raiders within three points entering the final quarter. His five sacks tied the single-game franchise record set by Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long against Washington on October 2, 1983.

For more information on the 2015 Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of The Year, visit NFL.com/Castrol-EDGE.

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