Philadelphia's offensive line, which included a number of new faces in 2009, has been selected by John Madden and NFL Network analysts as one of the top five offensive lines of the year and one of the five nominees for the inaugural Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award, presented by Prilosec OTC.
Madden and the Award's Purple Ribbon Panel narrowed the list to five finalists. The other four include the Colts, Saints, Jets and the Titans.
Fans will serve as the final piece of the puzzle in helping determine the NFL's best offensive line for the 2009 NFL regular season. Fans can now visit www.nfl.com/prilosecotc to review each of the five offensive lines and then cast their votes.
The recipient of the first Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award presented by Prilosec OTC will be announced on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 in South Florida in the week leading up to Super Bowl XLIV.
"A lot of hours and analysis have gone into pairing down our list of contending offensive lines into a list of five finalists," said Madden. "Criteria for selecting the ultimate winner will take into account a combination of analysis from me and our Purple Ribbon Panel, offensive line performance statistics and fan voting. It's not going to be easy to select the winner. We've seen a lot of hard work from offensive lines around the league this year."
All season long Madden has been closely tracking the top offensive lines in the NFL with a select group of NFL Network experts that comprise the Purple Ribbon Panel. This group includes NFL Network analysts Jamie Dukes, Marshall Faulk, Steve Mariucci and NFL Network host Rich Eisen.
The Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award recognizes the important role offensive linemen play in their teams' success by providing consistent and reliable protection day in and day out, just like Prilosec OTC provides 24-hour heartburn protection when used as directed.
-- Posted by Bob Kent, 3:53 p.m., January 7