Sunday, September 11, 2011

Football News For Week One And Our 2011 Panini NFL Sticker Collection

Today is day of remembrance.  A time to reflect on the events of ten years ago.  No doubt there will be moving tributes to the victims and the heroes of 9/11.  But it is also Sunday and there are some great football games to be played today.  Here are three players to watch who have been in the news.
Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers has just signed a contract extension that will keep him in the Steel City for the remainder of his career.  The deal will carry him through the 2014 season.  This coincides with an announcement by Panini America on The Knight's Lance that Polamalu with appear on autographed football cards for the first time in eight years with a small number of those being on-card autos, the first time ever Troy has signed for a company on-card.

Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers with be under the microscope as his team takes on the Cardinals in Arizona.  Newton will get the start.  Only four rookie quarterbacks have won on the road on opening weekend since 1970 with Mark Sanchez being the most recent in 2009.

Peyton Hillis of the Cleveland Browns will be doing his best to prove he is the real deal as his team takes on a Carson Palmer - less Cincinnati Bengals, who will be lead by another rookie quarterback, Andy Dalton.  Hillis will also be looking to avoid any signs of the "Madden Curse."  The Urban Legend has it that hard times fall upon those who are on the cover of EA Sports Madden Football and Hillis the subject on all regular versions of Madden 12.  In case you didn't know, you can win a copy of Madden 12 just by opening packets of 2011 Panini NFL Stickers.
Randomly inserted in packets of 2011 Panini NFL Stickers are instant-win prizes that include EA Sports Madden NFL 12 and Madden NFL 12: Hall of Fame Edition.

In addition to the stickers from Friday and above, here are the stickers we are placing in our album this week.
 Jay Cutler, Calvin Johnson, Jr and new member of the Football Hall of Fame, Deion Sanders
 Eli Manning and Roddy White
 Tim Hightower and rookie QB Colin Kaepernick
 San Diego Chargers Team, Aaron Curry and Kansas City Chiefs Team
Ricky Williams, Karlos Dansby, Braylon Edwards
LaDainian Tomlinson, Santonio Holmes, Haloti Ngata
Anquan Boldin, Michael Oher, Ray Rice
Abram Elam, T.J. Ward, Joe Thomas
Ben Roethlisberger, Brian Cushing, Donald Brown
Maurice Jones-Drew, Cortland Finnegan, Kate Washington

Look for our announcement of the winners of our 2011 Panini NFL Sticker Collection Starter Kits and more additions to our sticker album in the coming week.

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