Every year, fans are excited to see the new class of rookies enter the NFL. Some fans barely get to watch because they’re just not ready. However, others take the league by storm and take the first steps on the journey to superstardom. The game is constantly evolving but we still love to see young players succeed.
Many of these players were Heisman Trophy winners and lived up to massive expectations. Others were late-round draft picks and broke onto the scene out of nowhere. Meanwhile, others didn’t actually start the season but when they played they definitely showed their qualities.
So we looked at 25 players who took the NFL by storm. Not all of these players won individual awards but they all showed brilliance in their rookie years. Check out the list below via USA TODAY Sports.
25. Peyton Manning
Manning was one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. He still makes an appearance annoying Tom Brady on golf courses. Eli’s older brother had a stellar rookie year with the Indianapolis Colts. The first overall pick set all kinds of records as he took the league by storm.
First, he threw the most touchdown passes by a rookie that year with 26 and passed for an excellent 3,739 yards. Nowadays, it’s common for franchises to redshirt their rookie QBs, but the Colts threw Manning into the fire and with good reason.