Long before Andrew Luck slipped into his full NFL uniform for the first time a few weeks ago at the 2012 NFLPA Rookie Premiere, he’d already made history with a different jersey -- the one seen above, which he received from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as the No. 1 pick of the Indianapolis Colts in the 2012 NFL draft at New York City’s fabled Radio City Music Hall.
Luck also donned some history-making headwear that night, too. And the other young first-round superstars selected after Luck -- including the electrifying Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Justin Blackmon, Morris Claiborne and 15 others -- followed suit in their suits, clutching their personalized-on-the-spot Nike jerseys for the grip-and-grin photos that will be remembered forever.
In all, 20 first-round selections crossed the stage April 26 and stepped into their NFL careers. Those history-soaked jerseys and hats, however, didn’t accompany them. Instead, they were expedited by NFL officials to Panini America headquarters to begin their own epic journey -- as the centerpiece memorabilia for the 20-card Draft Day Materials insert in the upcoming 2012 Prestige Football set.
All images courtesy of Panini America.