When the New York Giants' Gatorade-soaked coach Tom Coughlin ran down the sidelines at the end of a thrilling Super Bowl, another great NFL season came to an end. As the Big Blue were crowned champions and celebrated long into the night and while the Patriots have nothing but a very long offseason to ponder how they lost a game they so easily could have won, the thoughts of all NFL fans will turn to next season.
When the discussions about if it was the best Super Bowl since the last Giants vs. Patriots matchup and if it was the best halftime show ever (yes and yes) have died down, fans will start dreaming about next September and the new season.
There may be a few months to go before the training camps start up again, the preseason friendlies go unwatched and the first long kick in the end zone for a touchback gets the 2012 season underway but it won't stop fans from thinking about their teams and the players they need to make it into the playoffs or better yet, Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
The draft and what promises to be a busy offseason with so many good players coming up for free agency will have fans speculating about who is in vogue and how their favorite team can pick up the stars who will give them the best chance of seeing new touchdown-dancing moves.
Here are five rookies from 2011 who will continue to create highlight reels in their sophomore seasons.