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Street Talk Rookie WRs Who Made an Impact

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It is true that every position on a professional football team is equally important, but it seems like the quarterbacks and the wide receivers get the most recognition. Sure, there are many individuals out there who will spend hours arguing that Jerry Rice is without a doubt the best receiver that the NFL has ever seen. He might have had 49 catches with a total of 927 yards in his first year in the NFL, but who really thought that he would go on upset every receiving record recorded throughout the entirety of his career? Since Rice’s coming and going there have been several exceptional rookies and you will discover some of them below.

The Depths of Percy Harvin

Most people will argue that Percy didn’t have the statistics that other rookie wide receivers experienced, but he without a doubt made a major impact during his first year with the Minnesota Vikings. This was during the 2009 season and he was probably one of the most versatile players on the field. Not only could Percy catch, but also he could literally run the ball down the opposing team’s throats when he had the opportunity. This was pretty evident when looking at his stats, as he had racked up over one thousand kick-return yards during his first season. When you combine this with his two touchdowns, it really is no surprise that he was included in the Pro Bowl after just one year in the NFL.

The Power of Eddie Brown

Whether you get daily promotional codes at or you are an NFL guru there is a good chance that you remember Eddie Brown. In fact, Eddie Brown is most recognized for the fact that he got drafted before Jerry Rice. While his career only lasted for seven, short seasons, he did make quite an impact during that time. During his rookie year he averaged 17 yards per reception, which is pretty impressive.

Rookie WRs who made an impact

San Diego Chargers John Jefferson makes another circus catch (Image Credit: You Tube)

The Touchdown Man John Jefferson

There is a reason that John Jefferson was nicknamed “The Touchdown Man”. He had some of the game’s best hands in the game ever. He was recruited from the state of Arizona and despite being the 14th overall pick in the 1978 draft, he instantly made his mark on the NFL. In fact, his rookie year he led the entire league with an impressive 56 receptions, 1,001 yards, and thirteen touchdowns.

Sammy White’s Amazing Abilities

Sammy White is a former NFL wide receiver who played for the Minnesota Vikings from 1976 to 1986. White was known for his ability to make difficult catches and that ability propelled his NFL career.

A memorable moment in White’s career was when he collided with none other than Raiders safety Jack Tatum. White’s helmet flew across the field. Even though White felt defenseless without his helmet, he maintained control of the ball, earning his team a first down. And while the play occurred during Super Bowl XI, White’s fans continue to talk about it today.

All-American Cris Collinsworth

Cris Collinsworth is a former NFL wide receiver that played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1981 until he retired in 1988. Collinsworth is considered one of the most successful NFL wide receivers because of his ability to make difficult catches.

Collinsworth grew up in Titusville, Florida. After graduating from Astronaut High School, he enrolled in the University of Florida.

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