2012 NFL Playoffs: Ranking the 7 Best Rookie Performances so Far

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2012 NFL Playoffs: Ranking the 7 Best Rookie Performances so Far
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NFL Rookies have been making an impact in the 2012 Playoffs.

Wild Card Weekend began with the first-ever NFL playoff game featuring two rookie QBs (T.J.Yates and Andy Dalton). And it ended with Denver’s Quinton Carter intercepting Ben Roethlisberger and helping to set up the Broncos' historic overtime win and imminent arrival in Boston.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “rookie” is defined as a “novice” or “beginner.” It probably evolved from the word “recruit” and denotes either a new member of the police/army or a first-year professional athlete.

The coolest synonym is "abecedarian: one learning the rudiments of something." Usually that something is the alphabet. Get it? You cannot make this stuff up. 

Rudyard Kipling is generally credited with introducing the word in his 1892 poem Barrack-Room Ballads. 

“So ‘ark and ‘eed, you rookies, which is always grumblin’ sore,

There’s worser things than marchin’ from Umballa to Cawnpore.”

And you thought English Literature was a useless major!

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