Top overall pick JaMarcus Russell and more than 30 other players selected in the recent NFL Draft will be in Los Angeles this weekend for the 10th annual Reebok NFL Players Rookie Premiere presented by EA Sports and produced by Players Inc.
Among the other first-round selections scheduled to appear are Calvin Johnson, Joe Thomas, Gaines Adams, LaRon Landry, Adrian Peterson, Ted Ginn Jr., Patrick Willis, Marshawn Lynch and Brady Quinn. Running back Michael Bush and quarterback Troy Smith are also scheduled to appear.
In addition to the photo shoots with the card companies (Upper Deck and Donruss on Saturday; Topps on Sunday), the players will also compete Friday evening in a Madden ’07 video game tournament.
On Thursday evening, former USC receiver Steve Smith (New York Giants) will sign autographs at Beverly Hills Baseball Card Shop, while former LSU receiver Craig Davis (San Diego) will appear at The Bullpen. Both stores are in Los Angeles.
This week’s activities will be videotaped for a one-hour television special that will air on the NFL Network later this summer.