Alex Smith's last few days includes a first pitch at a Giants playoff game, his first 300-yard performance in a victory, a 156.3 passer rating, three touchdowns and, today, a nomination for the FedEx Air player of the week.
Smith never has won the award, which is voted on by fans. He was nominated once in 2010 and twice last year - in Weeks 4 and 13. He was edged out by arch nemesis (and very dear friend) Aaron Rodgers in both weeks. This week, Smith must contend with New Orleans' quarterback Drew Brees and Indianapolis rookie Andrew Luck.
Brees was 29 of 45 for 370 yards and four touchdowns in the Saints' 31-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers. Brees threw a touchdown in his 48th straight game, breaking Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas' record. Luck, meanwhile, threw for 362 yards on 31 of 55 attempts and two touchdowns as the Colts beat Rodgers' Packers 30-27.
Fans can vote at NFL.com/FedEx through noon Friday.
This is from the NFL's release about the award: As part of the Air & Ground program and its commitment to small business owners, FedEx will support education efforts at Junior Achievement by making weekly $2,000 donations in each of the winning players' names. The funding, allocated to local Junior Achievement area offices in that team's city or state, is used to help U.S. small business development, by educating the next generation of entrepreneurs on how to start and grow their own businesses.
-- Matt Barrows