It often helps to make a good first impression, but initial appearances can be deceiving. NFL teams have learned both sides of that lesson over the years.
Some phenomenal rookie seasons have heralded a new superstar, certain to enjoy a magnificent career and bring major success to a city. Yet other record-setting debut campaigns have proved to be nothing more than false dawns, offering cruel hope to downtrodden franchises.
The Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals were lifted by star rookie turns in 2011. They will be hoping that quarterbacks Cam Newton and Andy Dalton are not merely the starlets of today, but will also mature into the elite performers of tomorrow.
Here is a list of the most spectacular rookie seasons in each NFL team's history.