Later tonight, during the “NFL Honors” primetime special on CBS (8 p.m. CST), one of five outstanding first-year players — Robert Griffin III, Panini Authentic exclusive Andrew Luck, Doug Martin, Alfred Morris or Russell Wilson — will take home the prestigious 2012 Pepsi Max NFL Rookie of the Year Award. All five candidates delivered sensational rookie campaigns this season, but for the purposes of this post, we’ll focus on the exploits of the two Washington Redskins on the list: RG III and Morris.
Why those two? That’s a fair question with a profound, pungent answer. Just last week, Panini America officials acquired sweat-soaked, battle-torn pieces of history from both men — jerseys worn against the Pittsburgh Steelers (Griffin) and Cleveland Browns (Morris) while each was making his case for the ROY hardware.
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