Marshawn Lynch finalist for NFL Ground Player of the Year

Marshawn Lynch

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When you rush for a career-high 1,590 yards and score 11 rushing touchdowns, people tend to take notice.

That’s exactly what has happened to Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks’ Beast Mode back is a finalist for FedEx Ground Player of the Year, it was announced this morning. The other finalists are the two backs who rushed for more yards than Lynch – the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson and Redskins’ Alfred Morris.

You can vote here for Lynch until Friday, Jan. 25. The winner will be announced during the week of the Super Bowl in New Orleans.

Here’s a closer look at the impressive credentials of all three candidates:

Lynch – He rushed for 1,590 yards on 315 carries in the 2012 regular season. His 1,590 yards ranks third all-time in franchise history. He scored 11 touchdowns and averaged 99.4 yards per game. En route to Seattle’s 11 wins, Lynch gained 100 yards or more in 10 of the 16 games this season, finishing the year with four straight 100-plus yard performances (Weeks 14 through 17). Selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl, Lynch was nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week three times.

Morris – The Redskins’ rookie finished the season with a franchise-best 1,613 yards rushing on 335 attempts. His 13 rushing touchdowns led the NFC and were the second-most in the NFL. He eclipsed the 100-yard mark seven times and reached 200 yards in a Week 17 win over the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East title. Morris averaged 100.8 yards per game which was second overall in the NFL. He was nominated and won FedEx Ground Player of the Week one time.

Peterson – He rushed his way into the history books finishing the year with 2,097 yards rushing, second-most in league history and just nine yards shy of breaking Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson’s NFL record (2,105). Peterson, who was second in the NFL in carries (348), tied Earl Campbell for the most games with at least 150 rushing yards in a single season (seven). He scored 12 touchdowns on the ground and led the NFL in yards per game (131.1). Peterson accumulated 1,313 yards in eight games (Weeks 7 through 15), the most over any eight-game span in a single season in NFL history. Selected as the NFC’s starting running back for the 2013 Pro Bowl, Peterson was nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week seven times, winning three times. Peterson was named FedEx Ground Player of the Year in 2008.


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