Editor’s Note: As part of the NFLPA Externship program, Pittsburgh Steelers center Valerian Ume-Ezeoke is spending three weeks at Panini America working in the Production, Prepress, Product Development, Acquisitions and Marketing departments. Each Friday during his externship, Ume-Ezeoke will document his time inside Panini America HQ. This is his first dispatch.
Playing in the NFL, you never think about the production of trading cards and sports products. Your sole focus is to be the best on the field so learning about the components of collectible items and sportswear wasn’t my main focus. But when the opportunity was presented by the NFLPA Externship program to extern with Panini America, their exclusive trading card partner during the offseason, I jumped on it without any hesitation. I chose Panini America because I knew they were one of the leading licensing partners of the NFLPA – plus, I always see their logo everywhere.
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