MILWAUKEE, WI, November 27, 2001... New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady has been named the **Miller Lite NFL Player of the Week for Week Eleven** following his four-touchdown performance over the New Orleans Saints this past Sunday at Foxboro Stadium. Brady completed 19 passes in 26 attempts for 258 yards and no interceptions, as the Patriots doubled up the Saints 34-17 to improve their record to 6-5.
Brady edged out the Pittsburgh Steelers' Kordell Stewart and the Oakland Raiders' Rich Gannon in voting by a panel of national journalists and broadcasters to earn his first Miller Lite NFL Player of the Week honor. Each week, a player from each of the 31 teams is nominated for the award by the team or local media. The Miller Lite NFL Player of the Week is then selected by a national panel of veteran NFL media representatives coordinated by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
A sixth-round pick in the 2000 draft out of the University of Michigan, Brady picked apart the Saints' defense, throwing touchdowns to four different teammates as the Patriots remained in contention for the AFC East title. Ranked fourth in the NFL with a passing rating of 93.5, Brady tossed three of his four touchdown strikes in the first half to provide a commanding 20-0 lead. The New England quarterback became the second Patriot to earn the Miller Lite NFL Player of the Week award this season, joining Week #6 winner David Patten.
At the conclusion of the regular season, six Miller Lite NFL Player of the Year candidates will be chosen from among the weekly nominees. From the six finalists, a committee of media representatives from each NFL market will elect the Miller Lite NFL Player of the Year. The voting program is coordinated by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
As part of the 2001 program, Miller has pledged more than $130,000 to local charities and as the culmination to the weekly program, Miller Lite will name the NFL Player of the Year during the week prior to Super Bowl XXXVI. Miller Lite will donate $30,000 in the NFL Player of the Year's name to the charity of his choice. Miller Lite has donated more than $1.5 million through the thirteen-year NFL Player of the Year program.
2001 Miller Lite NFL Players of the Week winners to date include, in order: Brian Griese, Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner, Deltha O'Neal, Brett Favre, David Patten, Mike Alstott, Ahman Green, Shaun Alexander, Marty Booker and Tom Brady.