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And the Nominees Are . . . Voting Begins for the Week 12 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

November 29, 2011

Want to know who gets more excited than Panini America and NFL collectors about NFL Rookie performances each week during the season? Pepsi with its NFL Rookie of the Week initiative. So it comes as no surprise after months of behind-the-scenes work that Panini America and Pepsi would come together to help promote Pepsi Rookie of the Week voting and Panini America NFL Rookie trading cards.

The payoff for collectors and NFL fans everywhere are some pretty sweet virtual cards that will be highlighted on each week in a special Pepsi Rookie of the Week gallery, across social media platforms and the rookies voting page. Each week Panini will feature the five Pepsi Rookie of the Week Nominees in a different Panini football card design – stay tuned to the Knights Lance, our Panini America Facebook page and hobby shops to find out about new Panini designs and what weeks they will be incorporated into Pepsi Rookie of the Week Nominees during the NFL regular season.

Now for the fun stuff . . .

Vote for the NFL Pepsi Rookie of the Week each week during the NFL regular season. Then share the image of the Pepsi Rookie of the Week Nominee you voted for on your Facebook page. In addition, post the image on the Panini America Facebook page (after you “like” us if you haven’t already) or simply comment with the nominee you voted for. On Twitter, use the hashtag #PepsiROW and mention @PaniniAmerica to Tweet out the card image of the rookie you voted for. For doing those things, you’ll be eligible to win prizes throughout the season. Oh, and there just might be a special payoff at the end of the season.

Now for your Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week nominees for Week 12:

  • Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 270 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ 23-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns. He also added 23 yards on six carries on the ground.
  • Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu carried 23 times for 108 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins’ 23-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. He also added 54 yards on seven catches.
  • Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton completed 74.1 percent of his passes for 208 yards, and rushed nine times for 53 yards and a score in the Panthers’ 27-19 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Arizona Cardinals cornerback/punt returner Patrick Peterson returned a punt 80 yards for a score in the Cardinals’ 23-20 victory over the St. Louis Rams. His return touchdown was the fourth of the season, tying the NFL record for most punt return scores in a single season. He also added five tackles.
  • Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt tallied seven tackles, including five solo stops and two sacks in the Texans’ 20-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He also added one pass defensed.
8 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt Gilman permalink
    November 29, 2011 11:46 am

    Well….I was right with some of my predictions. This week I will take Andy Dalton. What an incedible season this guy is putting together. Wanted to go with Cam, but Dalton’s win is helping cincy stay in the playoff hunt. Will be posting pic on Panini wall soon!!

    JJ Watt finally showed up for Houston, Patrick Peterson is on a tear when it comes to punt returns. Roy Helu looked good as well and is now the starter.

    I also am very distracted by that sweeeeet AAron rodgers Gridiron Gear card on the side of this blog under sweet card. And that is right. Just hope he has a bad week next week 🙂 Giants need the help.

  2. Matt Gilman permalink
    November 29, 2011 11:49 am

    No Von Miller this week?? Kind of surprising. He had another great game. He is helping lead that Denver D to be one of the toughest in the league. What an awesome season he is having. I would be shocked if he isn’t Defensive rookie of the year.

    • Jamey permalink
      November 30, 2011 11:10 pm

      Peterson will give Von Miller a run for
      DROY honors with his strong play at the Corner and Devin “Hester-esque” return abilities. Already keeping coordinators awake at night, once Peterson truly learns how to read a field and follow his blocks, dude will become an even scarier RS.

  3. November 29, 2011 3:09 pm

    Andy Dalton! He lead ANOTHER comeback win. This guy is the real deal.

  4. Bengals FREAK!! permalink
    November 29, 2011 3:27 pm


  5. Jamey permalink
    November 29, 2011 4:50 pm

    This week, my nod goes to Andy “The Red Rifle” Dalton. Although this is a week-to-week contest, his body of rookie year work IS impressive. At the helm of a 7-4 team that no one really expected to compete, Dalton throws a nice ball and his legs permit him to buy time and scramble for extra yardage. Bolstering his case for rookie of the week honors? Dalton plays the most difficult position on the field, has made the most of an uncertain receiving corps, and has provided the Bengals and their fans with something they haven’t had since Carson Palmer’s ’06 season; legit’ post-season aspirations.
    ‘Nuff Said 🙂

  6. November 30, 2011 1:21 pm

    Tracy – Whats with the complete lack of Patrick Peterson auto’s out there? How did this guy not attend the rookie premier? I am very curious how about the business side of things and how that works. There is very, very little out there for Patrick Peterson collectors.

    Any input would be appreciated.


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