'08-'09 NFL All-Rookie Team: The New Breed of Athletes

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'08-'09 NFL All-Rookie Team: The New Breed of Athletes

Years ago, it was somewhat unheard of to see rookies earn a starting position, let alone steal headlines and be on the covers of established magazines.

Somebody forgot to tell last year's Rookie of the Year Adrian Peterson that, as all of America watched the rookie shatter any rookie stereotype and was arguably the top running back of the season.

Peterson set the rushing record for a single game at 296 yards and ended up in Honalulu, where he was named MVP of the game.

There is no question in my mind that there is a new breed of athlete in recent years, no longer will some be deemed "rookies" rather game changers and key pieces to the success of their respective teams.

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