There have been some amazing draft picks to hit the professional football gridiron, but who had the best rookie seasons in NFL history? Let's talk about it!
Even as Tom Brady maintained a stranglehold on the NFL into his mid-40s before finally retiring (for now), football is a young man's game—the sport's unique physical toll demands it. Still, being a rookie in the NFL is hard. Of the 256 rookies who are drafted each year, only two dozen-ish actually contribute—and of the two dozen-ish who actually contribute, only a handful of them do so at a truly elite level.
As such, these are the 16 best rookie seasons in NFL history.