Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/5/12
In 2011, five rookie quarterbacks actually started games, but only two of them were named the starter for the season opener: Cam Newton and Andy Dalton. Interestingly enough, Newton and Dalton became the first pair of rookie QBs named to the Pro Bowl in league history and were just the fifth and sixth rookie quarterbacks ever to be selected. Three of those six now reside in the Hall of Fame. This season kicked off with five rookie quarterbacks starting the season opener, the highest number since 1950. Three rookies have started the opening game just twice in the past 62 years and you would have to add all the Week 1 rookie starters from the 2009 (2), 2010 (1), and 2011 (2) seasons just to equal the five that started this year. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden, and Russell Wilson are this year's starting rookie quarterback class, and all of them are clearly comfortable in their roles. After Week 8, these five quarterbacks had already accounted for ei...
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