Ranking the Best Sophomore QB Seasons in NFL History

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Ranking the Best Sophomore QB Seasons in NFL History
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Ben Roethlisberger after winning Super Bowl XL.

So much of the discussion about a second-year quarterback revolves around the mythical sophomore slump. Rather than talk about that player taking a step forward in the NFL, we expect them to decline after experiencing rookie success.

Including Cam Newton and Andy Dalton last year, 17 of the last 22 quarterbacks in position to have a sophomore slump did not have one. That means 77.3 percent either stayed at the same level or improved.

Last year’s most successful rookie class ever puts huge expectations on Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson to be great (or greater) in 2013. There’s also no reason players like Miami’s Ryan Tannehill and Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden cannot have a breakout year.

Some of the greatest sophomore quarterback seasons in NFL history came from the players with the least expectations at the start of the year. Did you know who Kurt Warner was in 1999?

The following is a look at the 10 greatest seasons by a sophomore quarterback in NFL history.

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