Nominees Announced for 2014 Week 8 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week (Card Gallery)

October 28, 2014

2014 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week Week 8 Nom Bryant

We love NFL rookies at Panini America. We love interacting with them at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere every summer. We love the fact that with their potential and their performances, they drive sales of every NFL product we make every year. But you want to know who loves NFL rookies as much as we do? Pepsi and football collectors.

Indeed, the folks at Pepsi get just as excited we all do about NFL Rookie performances each week during the season. And that’s exactly why once again this season, for the fourth straight year, Panini America and Pepsi have joined forces to help promote Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week voting and Panini America NFL Rookie Cards.

The payoff for collectors and NFL fans everywhere will be some sweet virtual cards that will be highlighted on the NFL Facebook page each week in a special 2014 Pepsi Rookie of the Week gallery, as well as across social media platforms and Each week during the 2014 NFL season, Panini America will feature the five Pepsi Rookie of the Week Nominees on a different Panini America 2014 football card design. (Stay tuned to The Knights Lance, the Panini America Facebook page and the Panini America Twitter account to find out about new Panini America designs and what weeks they will be incorporated into the Pepsi Rookie of the Week promotion.

Fans can vote for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week each week during the 2014 NFL regular season. After you vote, be sure to share the virtual card image of the Pepsi Rookie of the Week Nominee you voted for on Twitter. Be sure to mention @PaniniAmerica to be eligible to win prizes throughout the season.

We’ll have more details as the season progresses. But for now, here are your Week 8 nominees for 2014 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week:

  • Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr had eight tackles, a sack, a pass defensed and a forced fumble, which he returned 27 yards for a touchdown in overtime, to give the Vikings a 19-13 win over Tampa Bay.
  • Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown had five catches for 119 yards (23.8 avg.) and the go-ahead 75-yard touchdown catch in the Cardinals’ 24-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks caught six passes for 94 yards (including a 50-yard touchdown reception) and added a rushing touchdown in the Saints’ 44-23 win over the Green Bay Packers.
  • Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins caught three passes for 157 yards (52.3 avg.) and a touchdown in the Bills’ 43-23 win over the New York Jets.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant caught five passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers’ 51-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts.