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Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia. He blogs for on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.

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Pepsi/Panini announces Week 2 rookie nominees

Posted Sep 17, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Sep 17, 2013 at 06:14 PM

Here’s a chance to give an NFL rookie some extra prestige.

It’s Week 2 for the Pepsi Next/Panini America NFL Rookie of the Week Promotion, and this week’s nominees will be featured on virtual cards that have the design of the venerable Prestige football set. Vote for the player you believe was the top rookie in Week 2.

Here’s how to vote. Go to to cast your ballot. Then share the image of the nominee you voted for on your Facebook page, Panini America’s Facebook page and on Panini’s Twitter account (@PaniniAmerica). Use the hashtag #PepsiROW and mention @PaniniAmerica, and you can be eligible for prizes.

Here are the nominees for Week 2:

Bills quarterback EJ Manuel passed for 296 yards and a touchdown in the Bills’ 24-23 comeback victory against Carolina.

Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson returned three kickoffs for 149 yards, including a 105-yard touchdown against the Bears.

Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin had six catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns against Atlanta.

Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins made seven catches for 117 yards and a touchdown in Houston’s 30-24 victory against Tennessee.

Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu recorded six tackles including one for a loss. His final tackle sealed Arizona’s victory against Detroit.

It’s time to start voting.

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