Draw Play: Top NFL Rookies Exhibit Artistic Side on Rare Panini America Sketch Cards
July 25, 2014

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 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 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere in late May, we gave them more pointed instructions to sketch either their new team logos or something that illustrates their path to the NFL.

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