These 15 Star Athletes Had Nightmare Rookie Seasons

First impressions can be deceiving. These 15 legends overcame truly terrible rookie seasons to have stellar pro careers.

Troy Aikman

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Troy Aikman

Troy Aikman's rookie season was downright ugly.

Taken first overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1989 NFL Draft, he looked like a colossal bust during year one.

Aikman had a completion percentage of only 52.9 percent and twice as many interceptions (18) as touchdown passes.

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Troy Aikman's rookie season was downright ugly.

Taken first overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1989 NFL Draft, he looked like a colossal bust during year one.

Aikman had a completion percentage of only 52.9 percent and twice as many interceptions (18) as touchdown passes.

Add in the fact that the Cowboys went 1-15 that season, and it seemed like Aikman's days in Dallas would be numbered.

But the Oklahoma product improved markedly over the next few seasons, aided by offensive weapons Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith.

This trio went on to lead Dallas to three Super Bowl victories in a four-year span, and Aikman is now considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

He's the Cowboys' all-time franchise leader in passing yards, a six-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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