Allen deserves a lot of respect because things were tough for him in his first year. The Bills’ quarterback set records in passing and running but that doesn’t tell the full story of his season (via The Ringer). His coach dropped him in the deep end when they brought him on against the Baltimore Ravens. The Bills were down 40-0 and he had no chance of making an impact on that game.
Meanwhile, his first start against the Chargers was also a loss. Allen showed flashes of talent but ultimately he tanked. The Chargers sacked him five times and picked him off once. He showed improvements year after year in the NFL before becoming one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league in 2021.
Luck’s overall rookie season wasn’t bad but he definitely tanked his debut. The Colts star faced off against the Chicago Bears on the first day of the new semester. He received a baptism of fire because the Bears rattled him with their ferocity. He completed just 23 of 45 pass attempts for 309 yards. Meanwhile, the opposition sacked and intercepted him three times respectively (via ESPN).
Fortunately, things improved for Luck and the Colts. They ended up posting an 11-5 season and made it into the postseason. Luck’s debut didn’t inspire confidence but he rebounded and became one of the team’s most important players. He also instigated seven game-winning drives as a rookie. This goes to show how he developed and learned from his mistakes.
One of Dallas’s best-ever quarterbacks, Aikman spent 12 seasons with the franchise. The three-time Super Bowl champion played during one of the Cowboys’ most successful eras. But things didn’t start well for the future Hall of Famer. In fact, his rookie season debut was horrendous. The team tanked and Aikman was winless in his 11 starts (via Sportscasting).
The Saints hammered Dallas 28-0 on his season debut as Aikman discovered the reality of life in the NFL. Things didn’t get easier over the course of the season as the Cowboys only won a single game. Nobody expected him to become the longest-tenured QB in franchise history, but Aikman turned it around. In the end, the hapless rookie became a franchise legend.