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Martin is finalist for Pepsi Max rookie of the year award
Posted Jan 7, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Bucs running back Doug Martin is among the finalists for the 2012 Pepsi Max Rookie of the Year, and as it has all season, Panini America has created virtual cards to honor the five nominees. The overall winner will have a special virtual card created to mark the occasion.
Vote now for your favorite choice at NFL.com, then share the image of the 2012 Pepsi Max Rookie of the Year nominee you voted for on your Facebook page. In addition, post the image on the Panini America Facebook page. On Twitter, use the hashtag #PepsiMAXROW 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 special prizes.
Fans can vote through 9 p.m. EST on Jan. 29. The winner will be announced on Feb. 2 in New Orleans (site of Super Bowl XLVII) during “NFL Honors,” a two-hour prime-time awards special that will air on CBS between 9-11 p.m. EST.
Martin has been nominated for Rookie of the Week five times this season and won once.
The other nominees are Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who was named rookie of the week six times this season; Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, a three-time winner who was nominated nine times; Redskins running back Alfred Morris, another three-time winner who was nominated five times; and Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, who was nominated eight times this season and won once.
Martin certainly had an excellent season, but unless Bucs fans stuff the ballot box, the winner is going to be Griffin. Or, as an outside shot, Luck. But I believe RGIII will win.