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I am looking to put together a collection of the best rookie out of each year, starting from the year i was born 1976. Some of you may remember i posted this some odd years ago. I would like to get everyones opinion on who for each year.
Few questions: How many are you thinking of doing per year? One offense, one defense? Are you going strictly on their rookie year or best players who came out that year? (Example: 2000 OROY was Mike Anderson-been out of the league since '08, but that was Tom Brady's rookie year too)
I think a great place to start would just go to this wikipedia page with the list of all OROY and DROY award winners. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Fo...Year_Award

Hope that helps a little.
(05-11-2012 03:55 PM)foleylion08 Wrote: [ -> ]Few questions: How many are you thinking of doing per year? One offense, one defense? Are you going strictly on their rookie year or best players who came out that year? (Example: 2000 OROY was Mike Anderson-been out of the league since '08, but that was Tom Brady's rookie year too)
I think a great place to start would just go to this wikipedia page with the list of all OROY and DROY award winners. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Fo...Year_Award

Hope that helps a little.


No. looking for the best rookie to come from each year.
Have fun-there are a lot of biases around here on *who* is/was the best!
Just my input, ill update as I look at each class. I'm gonna only go from say 96 on.I'll let the older guys come up with the late 70's and 80's Tongue

2011-Cam Newton
2010-Eric Berry or Sam Bradford
2009-Matt Stafford
2008-Chris Johnson, terrible signature, so #2nd would be Ray Rice
2007- AP but also Megatron
2006-Maurice Jones Drew or Mario Williams
2005-Aaron Rodgers
2004-Eli Manning or Larry Fitzgerald
2003-Troy Polamalu or Andre Johnson
2002-Julius Peppers, then Ed Reed
2001-Ladanian Tomlinson
2000-Tom Brady
1999-Based on ur preference between Champ Bailey, Torry Holt, Edgerrin James or Ricky Williams
1998-Peyton Manning
1997-Eddie George
1996-Ray Lewis
Wow that would be cool here's some of my suggestions

1976 Lee Roy Selmon / Jackie Slater
1977 Tony Dorsett
1978 Earl Campbell
1979 Phil Simms / Montana
1980 Anthony Munoz / Art Monk / Billy Sims
1981 Mike Singletary / Lawrence Taylor / Ronnie Lott
1982 Marcus Allen
1983 Marino / Elway / Eric Dickerson
1984 Steve Young / Reggie White
1985 Rice
1986 Bo Jackson
1987 Rod Woodson
1988 Michael Irvin / Thurman Thomas
1989 Derrick Thomas / Barry Sanders / Troy Aikman
1990 Emmitt Smith / Jon Randle / Shannon Sharpe
1991 Brett Favre
1992 Dale Carter / Carl Pickens
1993 Willie Roaf / Drew Bledsoe / Jerome Bettis
1994 Marshall Faulk
1995 Curtis Martin / Warren Sapp / Derrick Brooks
1996 Ray Lewis
1997 Tony Gonzalez
1998 Peyton Manning
1999 Champ Bailey / Ricky Williams
2000 Tom Brady / Brian Urlacher
2001 Drew Brees / Ladainian Thomlinson
2002 Julius Peppers / Dwight Freeney
2003 Andre Johnson / Troy Polamalu
2004 Eli Manning / Ben Roethlisberger
2005 Aaron Rodgers
2006 Mario Williams / Jay Cutler / Tamba Hali
2007 Calvin Johnson / Adrian Peterson / Darrell Revis
2008 Matt Ryan / Matt Forte / Jamaal Charles / Ray Rice
2009 Matthew Stafford / Clay Matthews
2010 Eric Berry / Sam Bradford / Ndamukong Suh / Jason Piere-Paul / Rob Gronkowski
2011 Cam Newton / Andy Dalton / AJ Green / Justin Houston
(05-11-2012 04:51 PM)biglump007 Wrote: [ -> ]Wow that would be cool here's some of my suggestions

1976 Lee Roy Selmon / Jackie Slater
1977 Tony Dorsett
1978 Earl Campbell
1979 Phil Simms / Montana
1980 Anthony Munoz / Art Monk / Billy Sims
1981 Mike Singletary / Lawrence Taylor / Ronnie Lott
1982 Marcus Allen
1983 Marino / Elway / Eric Dickerson
1984 Steve Young / Reggie White
1985 Rice
1986 Bo Jackson
1987 Rod Woodson
1988 Michael Irvin / Thurman Thomas
1989 Derrick Thomas / Barry Sanders / Troy Aikman
1990 Emmitt Smith / Jon Randle / Shannon Sharpe
1991 Brett Favre
1992 Dale Carter / Carl Pickens
1993 Willie Roaf / Drew Bledsoe / Jerome Bettis
1994 Marshall Faulk
1995 Curtis Martin / Warren Sapp / Derrick Brooks
1996 Ray Lewis
1997 Tony Gonzalez
1998 Peyton Manning
1999 Champ Bailey / Ricky Williams
2000 Tom Brady / Brian Urlacher
2001 Drew Brees / Ladainian Thomlinson
2002 Julius Peppers / Dwight Freeney
2003 Andre Johnson / Troy Polamalu
2004 Eli Manning / Ben Roethlisberger
2005 Aaron Rodgers
2006 Mario Williams / Jay Cutler / Tamba Hali
2007 Calvin Johnson / Adrian Peterson / Darrell Revis
2008 Matt Ryan / Matt Forte / Jamaal Charles / Ray Rice
2009 Matthew Stafford / Clay Matthews
2010 Eric Berry / Sam Bradford / Ndamukong Suh / Jason Piere-Paul / Rob Gronkowski
2011 Cam Newton / Andy Dalton / AJ Green / Justin Houston


i appreciate the help from everyone
How would you continue that? If it were 1998, you'd be collecting Ryan Leaf. Instead, starting this collection now, you have the benefit of hindsight. I think you need some sort of concrete criteria, like someone said OROY or DROY. Maybe you can go with Heisman winners. That way you can be collecting guys like Cam Newton and Tim Tebow etc when their products first come out.

Maybe you'd choose Luck this year when he might turn out to be Ryan Leaf and Griffin might turn out to be the Manning. If you were just doing Heisman winners and Griffin turned out to be the Leaf, oh well, there was nothing you could do. It wasn't your choice you picked the wrong one.
Im so sick and tired of people leaving Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor off these type of lists. I understand Im biased like crazy but both guys made multiple pro bowls, both are in the top 5 at their respected positions since 1996, JT won DPOY award in 2006, ZT lead or was top 5 in tackles virtually every season, JT is top 10 all time in sacks, and they both are HOFers. They always get over looked because the lack of deep post season runs. It shouldnt count against them because we couldnt find a QB to replace Marino.

Here is Ray Ray's Stats

http://www.nfl.com/player/raylewis/2501750/careerstats

Here is ZT's Stats

http://www.nfl.com/player/zachthomas/250...areerstats

If Ray Lewis is considered the best by far then ZT was one helluva player because his stats are pretty similar. Also if ZT didnt have a neck injury he wouldve stuck around a few more years to pad his stats like Ray has been doing the past 3 or 4 seasons.

Note: Im not saying ZT is better than Ray Ray. All im pointing out is ZT belongs on ANY list when we are talking about the best players in the history of the game.

As for JT lets compare his stats to Reggie, Strahan, Bruce Smith

Here is Strahan Stats

http://www.nfl.com/player/michaelstrahan...areerstats

Here is Bruce Smith's Stats

http://www.nfl.com/player/brucesmith/250...areerstats

Here is Reggie White's Stats

http://www.nfl.com/player/reggiewhite/25...areerstats

Here is JTs

http://www.nfl.com/player/jasontaylor/25...areerstats

Again Im not saying JT is better than all these guys but he belongs in that group.

Stop over looking JT and ZT people!!! It upsets me!!!

LOL!!!!!!!!
i think the heisman winners collection would be the way to go.
i found a list and will delete the ones i recieve as i go. thank you everyone



1976 Tony Dorsett
1977 Earl Campbell
1978 Billy Sims
1979 Charles White
1980 George Rogers
1981 Marcus Allen
1982 Herschel Walker
1983 Mike Rozier
1984 Doug Flutie
1985 Bo Jackson
1986 Vinny Testaverde
1987 Tim Brown
1988 Barry Sanders
1989 Andre Ware
1990 Ty Detmer
1991 Desmond Howard
1992 Gino Torretta
1993 Charlie Ward
1994 Rashaan Salaam
1995 Eddie George
1996 Danny Wuerffel
1997 Charles Woodson
1998 Ricky Williams
1999 Ron Dayne
2000 Chris Weinke
2001 Eric Crouch
2002 Carson Palmer
2003 Jason White
2004 Matt Leinart
2005 Reggie Bush
2006 Troy Smith
2007 Tim Tebow
2008 Sam Bradford
2009 Mark Ingram, Jr.
2010 Cam Newton
2011 Robert Griffin III
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