25 Best Sports Newcomers of 2012

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25 Best Sports Newcomers of 2012
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Most athletes never get to have that year—the one where they make the key play, get discovered, and continue on to glory and headline news every year.

But there are a select few that do capitalize on their opportunities—from the rookie who lives up to the hype to the third stringer who dazzles us unexpectedly with ability we didn't know they had.

This list is for the athletes—both young and old—who grabbed opportunity by the horns and delivered in a big way this past year. 

This one is for the 25 Best Sports Newcomers of 2012.

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