The Best Rookie Quarterbacks Ever

In just a few games, USC standout and the Jets’ first overall pick in 2009 has gone on a tear (despite his mistakes against the Saints). Will Sanchez continue his great run through or will reality stop him in his tracks? Will he go on to have a career like Peyton Manning or Ben Roethlisberger or one like Rick Mirer?

Young Dan Marino Dan Marino

Marino, arguably the best NFL quarterback of all time, only started nine of the Dolphins’ games in 1983 but still managed to make the Pro Bowl.
Marino passed for 2,200 yard, 20 touchdowns, and just 6 interceptions with a 58.4% completion rate.
Marino went on to play in nine Pro Bowls and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

Peyton Manning
Peyton, the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, did not put up the Manning numbers like we are used to, nor did his team do particularly well, but the 3,700+ yards that he put up is as good as any rookie campaign.
Manning also scored 26 touchdowns despite throwing 28 interceptions.
He has gone on to play 9 Pro Bowls and just keeps on going.

Matt Ryan

Boston College’s standout quarterback made a huge splash for the Falcons who made him the 3rd overall pick in 2008.
Starting all 16 games, Ryan threw for more than 3,400 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions while completing more than 61% of his passes. Atlanta would finish 11-5 in 2008, as good a record as any that Michael Vick had on the Falcons.

Ben Roethlisberger
Unlike most top quarterbacks, the Steelers found Roethlisberger in Miami…of Ohio, a school that most people had never heard of.
After picking Roethlisberger at number 11 in the 2004 draft, the Steelers were pleasantly surprised when they saw Big Ben win the starting job away from Tommy Maddox and won all thirteen games that he started, winning the 2004 Rookie of the Year Award.
Roethlisberger went on to lead the Steelers to two Superbowl championships.

Rick Mirer

Rick Mirer
Rick Mirer is every good quarterback’s cautionary tale. Mirer impressed a lot of people when he passed for more than 2,800 yards and 12 touchdowns after he was drafted with the #2 overall pick in the 1993 draft.
He followed that up with a solid sophomore campaign but saw injuries lead to a complete collapse of his career. His career ended in 2003, after playing for five different teams and putting up a 24-44 record.

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