You can learn a lot about an NFL rookie by giving him nothing more than a few colored Sharpies, 2 1/2 by 3 1/2-inch cardboard canvas, about five minutes and one simple two-word request: Draw something. What you’re likely to discover — as we have at Panini America over the last several years during the annual NFLPA Rookie Premiere — is that the resulting artwork is sometimes primitive, sometimes surprisingly good, never boring and always unique; as one-of-a-kind as the players who created it.
In years past, we’ve asked the rookies to draw whatever they wanted, which often meant paying artistic homage to their hobbies, their hopes, their hometowns or their heroes like only they can. But during the 2016 NFLPA Rookie Premiere Presetned By Panini in late May, we gave them more pointed instructions to sketch three things: Their new NFL team logo, their college logo and a freestyle piece.
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