Quarterback may very well be the most challenging position to play in football. For years many quarterbacks would sit for a year or two before being put on the field. More and more signal callers are taking the reigns right from beginning. Here is a look at some of the best rookie seasons by a quarterback.
Big Ben, as he is known, started off his Steelers career with a bang being named AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Ben started his rookie season as the number three quarterback but quickly moved up the depth chart with injuries to Charlie Batch and Tommy Maddox. Roethlisberger did not disappoint. As a rookie, he went 13–0 in the regular season. He holds rookie quarterback records for wins, Most touchdown passes and most passing yards. His ability to use his legs to keep plays alive has made him very successful. Ironically, the rest of the guys have never won a Super Bowl.
Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III had an amazing first season which eventually saw him receive the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. His ability to use his feet and run with the ball made him very tricky for defenses to figure out in the beginning. In just his first game Griffin completed passes for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns while gaining 42 rushing yards in a victory over Saints. He would go on to have a magical season where he would lead the Redskins to the playoffs only to tear his ACL in that game.
Russell Wison began starting for the Seahawks from the beginning and had an immediate impact. Wilson earned the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors for his amazing week 10 performance and inished the 2012 regular season ranked 4th in the NFL in passer rating. He led his team to a playoff victory in his first season defeating the Redskins in a comeback victory. His speed and quickness made him very difficult to handle and defenses have been trying to adjust ever since.
Considered by many as one of the greatest quarterbacks ever, Dan Marino go off to a great start as a rookie in Miami. The last quarterback of the Quarterback Class of 1983 Marino appeared to play with a chip on his shoulder. He took over in week 6 in the season and took off. As a rookie he set several records including a 96.0 passer rating and being selected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie. Furthermore he led the Dolphins to the divisional round of the playoffs as only a rookie. NFL.com gave Dan the nod as having the best rookie season ever.
Many wondered how quickly Cam Newton would adjust to the NFL game coming out of college, but those doubters quickly changed their mind. During his rookie campaign Newton broke all-time NFL records for passing and rushing yards. He passed for more than 4,000 yards as a rookie and broke Peyton Manning’s record for yards in a game by a rookie with 400. Newton used his size and strength to get out in the open field when plays broke down. However, he surprised many showing an ability to throw quite well from the pocket. Can he keep going and become one of the all-time greats? Time will tell.