From Bust to Bronze: Top 5 Rookie Failures in the Hall of Fame

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From Bust to Bronze: Top 5 Rookie Failures in the Hall of Fame
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The word "bust" is thrown around a lot in the NFL. The ones in the Hall of Fame are the dream of every rookie—but a poor first season can end with the word being used in a way that couldn’t be further from Canton.

The omnipotence of Twitter means that any reaction to a game or player is public before the game is even over, often sent directly to a player’s personal account in the form of unimaginable abuse and threats of violence—as evidenced in the aftermath of Kyle Williams’ mangled punt returns in this year’s playoffs.

In an earlier article I considered the hype surrounding Andrew Luck and the criticism of Blaine Gabbert—two players yet to establish themselves, but also two players about whom a lot of people seem to have made up their minds.

A look back at some Hall of Fame players reveals many who survived poor starts to cement their places in the upper echelons of the NFL—players who may not have been given second chances had they played in today's league.

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