The Best Rookie Leaders in the NFL

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The Best Rookie Leaders in the NFL
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Every generation of NFL players has guys who contribute to their teams in different ways. Some, like Torrey Smith, contribute with eye-popping stats but not much else. 

Then there are the special players whose true contribution is counted not in their sacks or yards, but with the way they affect their teammates. The arrival of an inspirational, fiery rookie can totally alter the identity of the team that drafts him. 

This year in the NFL, we have seen several rookies who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, changing the faces of their respective franchises with their words as well as their play. 

Here are five such exceptional individuals. 

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