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Panini America Rookie Premiere Interview: New England Patriots QB Ryan Mallett

August 16, 2011

In terms of first impressions, skyscraping rookie signal-caller Ryan Mallett made a good one in his NFL debut with the New England Patriots last week.

The Pats’ third-round pick — and potential heir apparent to the legendary Tom Brady — completed 12 of his 19 pass attempts for 164 yards and a touchdown in the team’s preseason-opening 47-12 romp over Jacksonville. In the process, the former University of Arkansas star led New England to touchdowns on his first four possessions, fashioned a fat passer rating of 108.2 and kickstarted an early feeding frenzy on his best Rookie Cards.

In late May at the 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere, the 6-6, size-16-shoe-wearing Mallett sat down with Panini America’s Tracy Hackler to discuss, among other things, some of those aforementioned Rookie Cards and his fellow first-year passers.

As you’ll see, Mallett is as engaging and gregarious off the field as he is larger than life and laser-armed on it. And all those years he spent filling huge shoeboxes with his childhood collection are sure to come in handy someday soon, when he likely will have Brady’s huge shoes to fill.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2011 6:58 pm

    OK. First its the new polished opening, then its sound effects in the National Treasures Break. Now its sound effects and CQ smoke on the famous Hackler salute. What is next? A 3D CG animated Knight riding out of a box to hand you hits on his Lance? Keep up the good work.

    • August 16, 2011 7:08 pm

      I have to give props to special-effects maven Tom “The Ripper” Key for his fine video work.

  2. August 17, 2011 12:46 am

    I am a huge Ryan Mallett afte watching this video, how cool is this guy?

    • Jake permalink
      August 20, 2011 11:18 am

      I met him while the players were in LA, and I have to say he acts just like that even without the camera on him. Real cool dude, hope he gets a chance to play some.

  3. Oren V. permalink
    August 17, 2011 4:02 am

    Not a big Pats fan, but after watching this video, might just be a Mallet fan…you know because he’s “alright.” Loved his self-deprecating humor.

  4. Matt Gilman permalink
    August 17, 2011 7:31 am

    Very cool interview!

  5. louis2142 permalink
    August 18, 2011 7:29 pm

    he’s a Giant

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