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30 NFL Stars Who Surprisingly Tanked Their Season Debuts

Darren - September 8, 2021
NFL

30 NFL Stars Who Surprisingly Tanked Their Season Debuts

Darren - September 8, 2021
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2. Andrew Luck (2012)

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).

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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.

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1. Troy Aikman (1989)

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).

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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.

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