And the Nominees Are . . . Voting Begins for the Week 17 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

January 02, 2012

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 NFL.com each week in a special Pepsi Rookie of the Week gallery, across social media platforms and the NFL.com rookies voting page. Each week Panini will feature the fivePepsi 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 17:

  • Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey had six tackles, including two for a loss, along with two quarterback hits and one and a half sacks in the Titans’ 23-22 victory over the Houston Texans.
  • Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones caught four passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ 45-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston had seven tackles, two of which were for a loss, three quarterback hits, one and a half sacks and one fumble recovery in the Chiefs’ 7-3 win over the Denver Broncos.
  • New England Patriots free safety Sterling Moore had two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown, in the Patriots’ 49-21 victory over the Buffalo Bills. He also added two passes defensed and a tackle.
  • Washington Redskins running back Evan Royster carried 20 times for 113 yards and caught five passes for 52 yards in the Redskins’ 34-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
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