And the Nominees Are . . . Voting Begins for the Week 8 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

November 01, 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 8:

  • Buffalo Bills defensive end Marcell Dareus tallied four tackles and 2.5 sacks in the Bills’ 23-0 win over the Washington Redskins.
  • Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jon Baldwin caught five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown in a 23-20 overtime win over
    the San Diego Chargers.
  • Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton completed 22 of 35 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers’ 24-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He also added 53 yards on 6 carries on the ground, while losing two fumbles.
  • Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder converted 64.3 percent of his pass attempts for 236 yards and a score in the Vikings’ 24-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young hauled in four catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Lions’ 45-10 victory over the Denver Broncos.