Rookie Quarterbacks: A Quiz

November 5, 2016 1:01 pm0 commentsViews: 13
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Eagles fans are enjoying the stellar debut season of their new quarterback, Carson Wentz. He’ll have some bumps in the road, but not to worry—elite NFL quarterbacks have been both awful and stupendous in their rookie seasons.


1) The top pick in the draft out of Tennessee in 1998, this rookie QB (and future Hall of Famer) led the league in interceptions with 28.


2) The 11th pick in the 2004 draft, out of the University of Miami (Ohio), this beefy QB was forced into a starting role in week 2 of his rookie season. He proceeded to rattle off 13 straight wins and was named the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Although his team lost in the AFC Championship that year, he soon went on to become the youngest Super Bowl winning QB in league history.


3) The #1 pick in the 1989 draft, this Oklahoma alum compiled a woeful 0-11 record as a starter in his rookie year, throwing just 9 touchdowns versus 18 interceptions. The fans’ boos turned to cheers over the next decade, as he won multiple Super Bowl rings and ended in the Hall of Fame.


4) The top pick in the 2011 draft, this Heisman Trophy winner out of Auburn threw for over 400 yards in his first NFL game. In his rookie year he passed for over 4000 yards and ran for another 700.


5) This first-round pick out of the University of Pittsburgh didn’t get a start until week 6 of his rookie season. He finished 7-2 that year and went on to lead his team to the playoffs 10 times in his 17-year career. Despite never winning a Super Bowl, he was a first-ballot selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


6) The top pick in the 1970 draft, this Louisiana Tech alum suffered through a horrible rookie season, throwing 24 interceptions and earning a QB rating of just 30.4. He got better, though, earning multiple Super Bowl rings in the course of a Hall of fame career.


7) This Heisman winner out of Baylor, the son of two US Army sergeants, terrorized the NFL in his rookie year with his arm and his legs. He threw 20 TDs to only 5 interceptions, while rushing for over 800 yards and 7 TDs.


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(1) Peyton Manning


(2) Ben Roethlisberger


(3) Troy Aikman


(4) Cam Newton


(5) Dan Marino


(6) Terry Bradshaw


(7) Robert Griffin III