The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns in Week 10 at Heinz Field, and a large part of their offensive success was due to their backup quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. Only slated to be an emergency quarterback, Roethlisberger came into the game midway through the first quarter for Landry Jones, and proceeded to complete22/33 passes for 379 yards, theree touchdowns, and one interception in the Steelers' 30-9 victory over their AFC North rival.
The performance was enough to have him named the FedEx Air Player of the Week award winner. Each week fans vote on the best quarterback and running back for the Air and Ground Player of the Week. After Week 9, it was Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams who was granted the FedEx Ground Player of the Week award when he rushed for 170 yards against the Oakland Raiders, and now it is Roethlisberger in Week 10 winning the Air Player of the Week award.
What is unique about this award is it isn't just a player being recognized for their performance that particular week, but when a player is granted the award FedEx donates $2,000 to the local American Red Cross organization. With Williams and Roethlisberger winning these awards in consecutive weeks, it has brought in $4,000 dollars to the greater Pittsburgh American Red Cross chapter. Let's hope the Steelers continue to help out their community by lighting up the scoreboard and filling the stat sheet throughout the remaining six games of the regular season.