Best Rookie Seasons in NFL History

The Top Ten

1 Lawrence Taylor - 1981
2 Barry Sanders - 1989 Barry Sanders - 1989 Barry Sanders is a former American football running back who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League.
3 Eric Dickerson - 1983
4 Dick Lane - 1952 Dick Lane - 1952 Richard "Dick" Lane nicknamed "Night Train", was an American football player, best known as a cornerback for the Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Cardinals and Detroit Lions.
5 Ronnie Lott - 1981
6 Edgerrin James - 1999 Edgerrin James - 1999 Edgerrin Tyree James is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League for eleven seasons.
7 Bob Hayes - 1965

Bullet Bob Hayes lives forever as he no doubt changed the game of football with his speed. My favorite player of all time.

8 Dan Marino - 1983 Dan Marino - 1983 Daniel Constantine Marino Jr. is a former American football player who was a quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League.

By far the most explosive quarterback to play the game... Carried his team for 17 years.

9 Randy Moss - 1998 Randy Moss - 1998 Randy Gene Moss is a former American football wide receiver who played 14 seasons in the National Football League.
10 Gale Sayers - 1965 Gale Sayers - 1965 Gale Eugene Sayers, also known as "The Kansas Comet", is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League for seven seasons during the 1960s and early 1970s.

The Contenders

11 Franco Harris - 1972 Franco Harris - 1972 Franco Harris is a former American football player. He played his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks. In the 1972 NFL Draft he was picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round, the 13th selection overall.
12 Earl Campbell - 1978 Earl Campbell - 1978 Earl Christian Campbell is a former American football running back who played professionally in the National Football League for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints.
13 Tony Dorsett - 1977 Tony Dorsett - 1977
14 Cam Newton - 2011 Cam Newton - 2011 Cameron Jerrell Newton is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League.
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