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    Vote For Mario Williams as NFL Rookie of the Week

    Fans To Vote For Winner On and Via Sprint Wireless Service

    Wide receiver MARQUES COLSTON of the New Orleans Saints, running back LAURENCE MARONEY of the New England Patriots, cornerback RICHARD MARSHALL of the Carolina Panthers, running back JERIOUS NORWOOD of the Atlanta Falcons and defensive end MARIO WILLIAMS of the Houston Texans are the finalists for DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on October 1-2, the NFL announced today.

    Fans can vote for one of these five players on beginning Tuesday at 9am EST and ending Thursday at 5pm EST to determine the DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK. The DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK will be announced Thursday evening on

    In addition, for the second year, NFL fans may cast their votes for the DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK using phones with Sprint wireless service - an opportunity available only to Sprint customers. This fast, convenient voting method involves texting the word PEPSI to short code 7777. Sprint customers will then receive an interactive text message that links fans to the ballot with the five finalists each week. Data and text messaging rates may apply.

    After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on and via Sprint wireless service throughout the month of January. The winner will be announced at a press conference at Super Bowl XLI in South Florida.

    A closer look at one of the finalists, Mario Williams:

    · Houston’s Mario Williams recorded two tackles and 1.5 sacks in the Texans’ 17-15 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Williams registered his first NFL sack early in the fourth quarter with Houston leading 10-6. He recorded a half sack on the next play, forcing Miami into a third-and-20 situation, which it did not convert.

    This is Pepsi’s fifth year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the second year that Diet Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.


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