The Panini America Interview: Cincinnati Bengals Superstar Receiver A.J. Green

[youtube] Cincinnati Bengals standout wide receiver A.J. Green enters today's tilt against Baltimore -- the final game of his first regular season -- leading all rookies in receptions (63) and receiving yards (1,031). He's also tied with Baltimore's Torrey Smith for the lead in rookie touchdown receptions with seven. A highly touted first round pick out of the University…

Miller Time: Panini America Sits Down with Denver Broncos Rookie Star Von Miller

When the Denver Broncos selected linebacker Von Miller out of Texas A&M with the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, they expected big things from the bespectacled beast. Clearly, though, the athletic, do-it-all defender has exceeded even the most ambitious expectations. Through the first 10 games of his career, Miller leads all rookies with 9.5 sacks, has been nominated for Pepsi NFL…

The Panini America Interview: Buffalo Bills Rookie Superstar DL Marcell Dareus

The Buffalo Bills selected mammoth defensive lineman Marcell Dareus out of Alabama with the third overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft expecting huge things from the athletic playmaker who clinched the 2010 BCS National Championship for the Crimson Tide with one of the greatest defensive plays in BCS history. Halfway through his rookie season, Dareus has not disappointed. (more…)

The Panini America Interview: Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers Superstar QB

The Cam Newton Era officially kicks off later today when the Carolina Panthers' Heisman Trophy-winning former National Champion makes his first NFL start on the road against the Arizona Cardinals. But all of us here at Panini America have been on the Newton bandwagon since April. That's when we produced his first officially licensed NFL trading cards inside 2011 Prestige Football --…

The Panini America Interview: New Orleans Saints Standout Rookie Mark Ingram

Simply, there's no better time of year (with the possible exception of Christmas) than the start of the NFL season -- which makes tonight's legendary lid-lifter between the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers and the Super Bowl XLIV-winning New Orleans Saints somewhat epic. There will be no shortage of hobby headliners suiting up tonight inside legendary Lambeau Field. But…

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

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…

Must-See Video: Panini America Goes Behind the Scenes with Mark Ingram

[youtube] It's hard to believe a full week has passed since that sorrowful day when the 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere came to an end. Luckily, we still have videos like the one above to remind us of the good times. To be sure, the most recent Rookie Premiere provided a mountain of memories for the Panini America team,…

Gallery: Rookies Don NFL Jerseys for ‘New Breed’ Insert in 2011 Donruss Elite Football

That didn't take long. Less than a week after photographing the top 2011 NFL rookies over the course of four days at the 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles, Panini America officials already have incporated those images into New Breed, a 36-card insert set planned for the June 15 release of 2011 Donruss Elite Football. (more…)

Panini Behind the Scenes Video: Julio Jones at the 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere

Ever wonder what a professional athlete goes through during a trading card photo shoot? Wonder no more. In this exclusive video shot last week at the 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles, you'll see profusely talented -- and quite photogenic -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones get coached up by veteran Panini America sharpshooter Jenn Pottheiser. (more…)

Panini America Rookie Premiere Interview: NFL PLAYERS President Keith Gordon

[youtube] Late Saturday afternoon at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, NFL PLAYERS President Keith Gordon sat down with Panini America's Tracy Hackler to discuss, among other things, the importance of the Rookie Premiere, the most important function of NFL PLAYERS and the dreaded NFL lockout. Oh, Gordon also identified his three most prized collectibles -- and you'll never guess what one of them is.
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