May 2, 2012
The Robert Griffin III tidal wave continues.
Less than a week after being picked second overall in the 2012 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins, the former Baylor QB has inked an endorsement deal with Panini America for the 2012 NFL season.
Under the deal, Panini will produce Griffin’s first officially licensed NFL and NFL PLAYERS football cards, as well as his first licensed autographed trading cards.
“Robert Griffin III is one of the most dynamic playmakers to emerge at the quarterback position in many years and his extensive presence in our 2012 products will only add excitement to arguably the greatest rookie class of the last decade,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “We’re thrilled to have Griffin in the Panini America family and we can’t wait to deliver his historic first licensed trading cards to fans and collectors around the world.”
Besides his officially licensed trading cards, which are expected in early summer, Griffin will be one of the featured athletes involved in Panini’s HRX Video Trading Card series — a rare card added to packs that features highlights and footage of the player, along with their autograph — and he will be involved in various social media initiatives and marketing events throughout the duration of the contract.
“As a kid, you go to the stores and you buy the trading cards and to know that I’ll finally be on those cards legitimately is very cool,” Griffin said. “Not everybody gets that chance and I’m thankful that Panini America is making it possible for me. I’ll definitely savor it and just continue to build toward a better future.”
Griffin joins an already impressive roster of Panini athletes including NBA Stars Kobe Bryant and Blake Griffin.