Top Draft Picks Make Debut in Los Angeles at the Reebok NFL Players Rookie Premiere Presented by EA SPORTS
Thirty of the top NFL draft picks will gather for a four-day outing in Los Angeles, beginning Thursday, May
19th for the Reebok NFL Players Rookie Premiere presented by EA SPORTS and produced by PLAYERS INC. The rookies
will wear their official team jerseys for the first time as they participate in a series of photo shoots for
trading card companies Donruss/Playoff, Topps and Upper Deck.
"Rookies always look forward to being part of this event," said Pat Allen, COO of PLAYERS INC. "Not
only is it the first time they wear their official team uniforms, but they are also excited about seeing their very
first football trading card."
In addition to the trading card photo shoots at the Los Angeles Coliseum, rookies will visit two local hobby shops;
participate in media appearances and corporate hospitality; and, host a kids' clinic throughout the four days.
On Friday afternoon, several rookies will lead a group of local youth in skills and drills competitions in the Reebok
kids' clinic at the LA Coliseum.
Children between the ages of eight and fourteen who register at nearby Kids Foot Lockers upon a purchase of RBK licensed
product between May 16 and through May 19 are eligible to participate.
Later that evening, a welcome reception for the rookies, sponsors and media will be held at the host hotel, Westin Century
New to this year's event is Pepsi, who will utilize the Rookie Premiere to launch its Rookie of the Week and Rookie of the
Year programs, a season-long promotion where fans vote on http://www.nfl.com
for their favorite rookie. When the rookies first arrive at the event, they will campaign to get fans to vote for him as this
year's Rookie of the Year. The top response will win a personalized Pepsi vending machine presented by The NFL Network host
Rich Eisen at the welcome reception on Friday night. The vending machine will feature an enlarged trading card image of the
rookie and will be stocked with Pepsi products for the entire NFL season.
Friday night's welcome reception will end with the Rookie Madden Bowl, when rookies will challenge each other playing Madden
NFL 06 in an elimination round beginning at 9 p.m.
On Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., trading card companies Donruss/Playoff and Topps will conduct photo shoots of the
rookies for their card products at the LA Coliseum, while Upper Deck will conduct its shoots on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to
The week's activities will be filmed for a one-hour television special, produced by PLAYERS INC and The NFL Network. Hosted
by Rich Eisen and Sterling Sharpe, it will air repeatedly on NFL Network starting in July.
In its ninth year, the Reebok NFL Players Rookie Premiere is an official event of PLAYERS INC.
Formed in 1994, PLAYERS INC is the for-profit licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA).
Representing more than 1,800 active and 3,500 retired NFL players, PLAYERS INC "takes the helmets off" the players
and markets them as personalities as well as professional athletes. PLAYERS INC activities include retail licensing, corporate
sponsorships, special events, radio and television projects, publishing and other promotional programs. PLAYERS INC schedules
more than 3,500 NFL player appearances each year. For more information, please visit http://www.nflplayers.com.
2005 Reebok NFL Players Rookie Premiere
NAME COLLEGE TEAM RD/PICK POSITION
J.J. Arrington California Cardinals 2/12 RB
Mark Bradley Oklahoma Bears 2/7 WR
Reggie Brown Georgia Eagles 2/3 WR
Ronnie Brown Auburn Dolphins 1/2 RB
Jason Campbell Auburn Redskins 1/25 QB
Maurice Clarett Ohio State Broncos 3/37 RB
Mark Clayton Oklahoma Ravens 1/22 WR
Braylon Edwards Michigan Browns 1/3 WR
Ciatrick Fason Florida Vikings 4/11 RB
Charlie Frye Akron Browns 3/3 QB
Frank Gore Miami (Florida) 49ers 3/1 RB
Vincent Jackson Northern Colorado Chargers 2/29 WR
Adam Jones West Virginia Titans 1/6 CB
Matt Jones Arkansas Jaguars 1/21 WR/TE
Stefan Lefors Louisville Panthers 4/20 QB
Ryan Moats Louisiana Tech Eagles 3/13 RB
Vernand Morency Oklahoma State Texans 3/9 RB
Terrence Murphy Texas A&M Packers 2/26 WR
Kyle Orton Purdue Bears 4/5 QB
Roscoe Parrish Miami-FL Bills 2/23 WR
Courtney Roby Indiana Titans 3/4 WR
Aaron Rodgers California Packers 1/24 QB
Carlos Rogers Auburn Redskins 1/9 CB
Antrel Rolle Miami (Florida) Cardinals 1/8 CB
Eric Shelton Louisville Panthers 2/22 RB
Alex Smith Utah 49ers 1/1 QB
Andrew Walter Arizona State Raiders 3/5 QB
Roddy White Alabama-Birmingham Falcons 1/27 WR
Carnell Williams Auburn Buccaneers 1/5 RB
Mike Williams USC Lions 1/10 WR
Troy Williamson South Carolina Vikings 1/7 WR
*Roster subject to change.
Source: PLAYERS INC
Date: May 16, 2005
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