The National Football League's 94th season is upon us. And on a weekly basis, we'll be giving out some accolades for the best performances of the week.
As for this week, here's a look at some of most notable season-long records held by rookies in NFL history. You'll notice last year's draft class of quarterbacks is well represented when it comes to the passing mark.
You may also be surprised on how long some of these other records have held up.
4,374: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (2012)
Last season, the Colts posted 11 wins and grabbed a wild-card berth just one season after finishing 2-14, one of the greatest one-season turnaround in NFL history. While Luck wasn't totally a one-man show, the team didn’t have much of a ground game. The rookie signal-caller also threw 23 touchdown passes and ran for five scores, but also turned over the ball 23 times. Still, Luck's never-say-die attitude was the catalyst for Indianapolis’ surprising season.
26: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts (1998) and Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (2012)
While many would guess that Peyton Manning would own this record, few would have figured that Wilson tied it last season. That’s not a knock on the latter’s talent as Russell simply got better as the season unfolded. Rather, it was the fact that the Seahawks were ranked just 27th in the league in passing yards per game in 2012. And it's worth noting that more than half (18) of Wilson’s 26 scoring tosses came in his final nine games last season.
1,808: Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1983)
The Pro Football Hall of Fame running back was back in the spotlight of sorts last season when Minnesota Vikings workhorse Adrian Peterson was threatening his NFL record total of 2,105 yards rushing from 1984. That was quite an encore for Dickerson, who totaled an amazing 1,808 yards as a rookie for the playoff-bound Rams in ’83. And two years later in 1986, Dickerson once again topped the 1,800-yard mark on the ground. Amazing.
101: Anquan Boldin, Arizona Cardinals (2003)
The veteran wideout is back in the NFC West after his stint with the Baltimore Ravens, where he helped lead the team to a Super Bowl title a year ago. Amazingly, it was 10 seasons ago that the former Florida State standout snared all of those passes for a Cardinals' team that wasn’t going many places those days. That would eventually change, but Boldin's consistency as a performer hasn't.
1,473: Bill Groman, Houston Oilers (1960)
First things first and that's understanding that with the merger of the National Football League and American Football League, all AFL records would become NFL records. Groman set the rookie receiving yardage mark during his league's inaugural season in 1960. He caught 72 passes (12 for touchdowns) for an Oilers' team that won the AFL's first title thanks to a 24-16 victory over the then-Los Angeles Chargers in the championship game.
22: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears (1965)
The "Kansas Comet" was an instant hit when he made his debut with the Chicago Bears in 1965. And his 22 touchdowns came four different ways via rushing (14), receiving (6), punt return (1) and kickoff return (1). And for good measure, he also threw a touchdown pass that season. Of course, six of those 22 scores came in one memorable December afternoon against the San Francisco 49ers, when he rushed for four touchdowns, caught a scoring pass and took a punt back for a touchdown.
14.5: Jevon Kearse, Tennessee Titans (1999)
This one always comes with a bit of a disclaimer because sacks for individual player didn't become official until 1982. That was after some rookie linebacker Lawrence Taylor made a splash for the New York Giants in 1981. Kearse, aka "The Freak," terrorized opposing quarterbacks from the get-go in 1999, the year the team first took the field as the Tennessee Titans and wound up coming up a little short in Super Bowl XXXIV.
14: Dick "Night Train" Lane, Los Angeles Rams (1952)
It is still amazing when you realize that Lane not only owns the rookie record for interceptions, it remains the league standard in this department. The Pro Football Hall of Famer went on to play for the Cardinals and the Lions after his days with the Rams and total 68 career interceptions, which still ranks fourth in NFL history nearly 50 years since his final season in 1965.