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Ryan Clady Named NFL Rookie of the Week; Cutler Once Again Wins 'Air' Award


It isn't much, but we'll take it!  Word is getting out about just how dominating our Rookie LT has been this year and this is more proof as it was just announced that Ryan Clady won the NFL Rookie of the Week award for Week 14 --

Voters on and via Sprint wireless service have made their choice. Tackle Ryan Clady of the Denver Broncos is the Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for games played on December 4-8, the NFL announced Friday.

Clady led a Broncos' offensive line that allowed QB Jay Cutler to pass for 286 yards and two touchdowns, prevented Kansas City from recording a sack and allowed Denver to total 139 rushing yards in the Broncos’ 24 -17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Clady was selected from among five finalists through fan votes on and via Sprint wireless service. The other finalists were cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the Arizona Cardinals, running back Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans, running back Steve Salton of the Houston Texans and running back Jonathan Stewart of the Carolina Panthers.

After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on throughout the month of January. The winner will be announced at a press conference at Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa Bay.

Congrats to Clady!  Hopefully we'll get even better news next Tuesday when the 2009 Pro Bowl Teams are announced.

Also released was news that Jay Cutler had won the 'Fed Ex Air' Award for Week 14.  For Cutler it was the second consecutive week and third win overall of 2008.  Cutler has won the award 3 times since Week 10 -- 

Quarterback Jay Cutler of the Denver Broncos and running back DeAngelo Williams of the Carolina Panthers are the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week for games played from Dec. 4-8.

Cutler completed 32 of 40 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos' 24-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Williams rushed for 186 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Panthers' 38–23 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football.

Cutler and Williams were selected from among six finalists in Air & Ground categories. The other finalists were quarterbacks Shaun Hill of the San Francisco 49ers and Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans along with running backs Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans and Brian Westbrook of the Philadelphia Eagles.