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.

Eli Manning

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Eli Manning

Man, there are a lot of number one overall picks on this list, aren't there?

It's almost like being immediately thrust into action amidst suffocating expectations is rarely a recipe for success.

Any who, Eli Manning looked like an elite prospect when the New York Giants took him number one overall in 2004.

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Man, there are a lot of number one overall picks on this list, aren't there?

It's almost like being immediately thrust into action amidst suffocating expectations is rarely a recipe for success.

Any who, Eli Manning looked like an elite prospect when the New York Giants took him number one overall in 2004.

His older brother, Peyton Manning, was already an NFL star by that point, and Eli's resume included prototypical size and a decorated collegiate career at Ole Miss.

But in seven rookie starts, Manning led the Giants to just one victory. He completed 48.2% of his passes and averaged a moribund 115.9 passing yards per game. 

He did throw six touchdowns, but those were overshadowed by nine interceptions.

His worst game of the season came against the Baltimore Ravens on December 12th, 2004.

Eli went 4-18 in the contest for a grand total of 27 passing yards. He also threw two interceptions and no touchdowns. Yikes.

Eli went on to become a four-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champion.

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