Bears WR Alshon Jeffery finalist for top value player award

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Alshon Jeffery, that’s Alshon Jeffery, not Alshon Jeffries, or Alshon Jeffrey  (I can’t believe how many people in the national NFL media make that mistake) is up for the VIZIO Top Value Performer award which recognizes the players whose on-field performance most exceeds the value of their contract. FanFan votes will determine the winner at VIZIO.com/TVP Fans can also vote via Twitter. Just tweet with the finalist’s handle along with their custom TVP hashtag

Voting is open now and ends January 17.

The winner will be announced later that same week. Alshon Jeffery is not the only player with Midwestern connections up for the award. In fact Alshon Jeffrey is one of many. As this is a Midwest thing yo!

2013 Finalists

Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) – Seattle, Quarterback #3 – #TVPRussellWilson

Despite his standout performance at Wisconsin, Wilson’s 2012 draft stock dropped to the third round. After winning the starting job in 2012, Wilson was named last year’s Rookie of the Year and was voted by the fans as the 2012 VIZIO Top Value Performer. With another outstanding season and the first-ever returning TVP candidate, Wilson has earned the right to defend his title.

2013 base salary: less than $550,000

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Julius Thomas (@Julius_Thomas) – Denver, Tight End #80 – #TVPJuliusThomas

A pure athlete, Thomas set numerous Portland State basketball records and led his team to back-to-back tournament appearances before ever playing a snap of collegiate football. Thomas has emerged as a key asset in arguably the league’s most high-powered offense. Limited in his first two seasons because of injury, the third time is truly a charm for Thomas, as he’s become a league-leader in receiving touchdowns.

2013 base salary: $555,000

Alshon Jeffery (@AJJeffery1) – Chicago, Wide Receiver #17 – #TVPAlshonJeffery

Alshon Jeffery has been a valuable player at every level of competition – from his 80–0 undefeated high school basketball career, where he won four state titles, to his time at University of South Carolina where he set receiving records. Alshon Jeffery has solidified himself as a key weapon and counterpart to Chicago’s standout receiver. He has built a great rapport with his quarterback and broke his own franchise single–game record this season.

2013 base salary: nearly $600,000

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Zac Stacy (@ZSTACY_) – St. Louis, Running Back #30 – #TVPZacStacy

An under-the-radar player, Stacy was deep in the stable of St. Louis running backs before being called upon in week five against Jacksonville. A strong showing morphed the fifth round rookie from Vanderbilt into the team’s most consistent offensive weapon this season.

2013 base salary: $405,000

Giovani Bernard (@G_Bernard25) – Cincinnati, Running Back #25 – #TVPGiovaniBernard

With an ability to elude defenders twice his size, the small, shifty rookie out of Chapel Hill, NC has helped turn Cincinnati into an offensive powerhouse. At his best when the lights are brightest, Giovani’s strongest performances have come during primetime games, on a Monday night with two scores over Pittsburgh and on a Thursday night with electrifying runs against Miami.

2013 base salary: $405,000

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Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. He’s also an analyst for multiple news talk radio stations across the country; with regular weekly segments on NBC and Fox Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) and RSS Catch him Tuesdays talking Illini and Northwestern for KOZN 1620 The Zone, Fridays talking Chicago Bulls and Bears for WAOR 95.7 The Fan

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