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Bucs’ Martin is Rookie of Week finalist in Panini America, Pepsi Max weekly balloting
Posted Nov 6, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Election Day is here, and while there are some tough choices for Americans to make today, it’s comforting to know that our voting process is what makes this democracy great. Hopefully, all you eligible voters did your civic duty and voted. Even if your candidate doesn’t win, at least you know that you were part of the process.
There’s another election going on today, as Panini America and Pepsi have combined for the second straight season to promote the Pepsi Max Rookie of the Week.
For the past eight weeks, Panini and Pepsi Max have been asking fans to vote at its website: http://www.nfl.com/voting/rookies/2012/REG/9.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has won three times this season, Colts QB Andrew Luck also has won three times, and running backs Trent Richardson (Browns) and Alfred Morris (Redskins) also have been honored.
This week’s honoree should be a no-brainer, if you ask me. But I’ll leave that for the voters to decide. My nominee? Bucs running back Doug Martin, who rushed for four touchdowns and a franchise-record 251 yards in Tampa Bay’s 42-32 victory against Oakland on Sunday. Martin was a finalist in the Week 8 voting.
Panini does its part by putting virtual cards of the nominees on the NFL’s Facebook page in a Pepsi Rookie of the Week gallery.
Here’s what Panini asks. Vote for one of the nominees, then share the image Panini has of that player on your Facebook, on the Panini America Facebook page and on Twitter. Remember to use this hash tag, #PepsiROW. If you’re so inclined, of course. No electioneering from me.
Here are the other four nominees:
Indianapolis Colts receiver, T.Y. Hilton, who caught six passes for 102 yards and one touchdown in the Colts’ 23-20 victory against the Miami Dolphins.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who completed 30 of-48 passes for 433 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts’ win. Luck’s 433 yards set the record for single-game passing yardage by a rookie by one yard, topping Cam Newton’s old mark.
Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, who rushed for 105 yards on 25 carries in the Browns’ 25-15 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
And Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who completed 16 of 24 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns as the Seahawks beat the Minnesota Vikings, 30-20.
So after you vote in the main election, take a moment and vote for the Rookie of the Week. The NFL and Panini will announce the winner later in the week.