Boldin vs. history

11/05/2003


Arizona Cardinals rookie receiver ANQUAN BOLDIN (right) started his National Football League career with a bang. The rookie out of Florida State had 10 catches for 217 yards in his professional debut as the Cardinals fell to the Detroit Lions 42-24 in Week 1. Boldin's 217 yards receiving were the most ever by a rookie in his first NFL game. The only other 200-yard game recorded thus far this season came last weekend when the Torry Holt of the St. Louis Rams had 200 yards on 11 catches.

Boldin has accumulated 48 catches for 672 yards, 14.0 average, 3 TDs and a long reception of 71 yards in the first eight games of his pro career. He is well on the way to becoming just the 12th player in NFL history to reach 1,000 yards receiving as a rookie. Here are the 10 players who've accomplished the feat.

Year Player
No.
Yds.
Avg.
Long
TD
1952 Billy Howton, Green Bay Packers
53
1,231
23.2
90
13
1954 Harlon Hill, Chicago Bears
45
1,124
25.0
76
12
1960 Bill Groman, Houston Oilers
72
1,473
20.5
92
12
1961 Mike Ditka, Chicago Bears

56

1,076

19.2

76

12

1965 Bob Hayes, Dallas Cowboys
46
1,003
21.8
82
12
1978 John Jefferson, San Diego Chargers
56
1,001
17.9
46
13
1981 Cris Collinsworth, Cincinnati Bengals
67
1,009
15.1
74
8
1986 Ernest Givins, Houston Oilers
61
1,062
17.4
60
3
1995 Joey Galloway, Seattle Seahawks
67
1,039
15.5
59
7
1996 Terry Glenn, New England Patriots
90
1,132
12.6
37
6
1998 Randy Moss, Minnesota Vikings
69
1,313
19.0
61
17

Hall of Famers as rookies

Here's a look at how the 17 modern-era wide receivers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame fared as rookies.

The Seattle Seahawks' Steve Largent had the best rookie campaign with regards to catches with 54.

Paul Warfield (left) of the Cleveland Browns came the closest of the Hall of Famers to reaching the 1,000-yard plateau as a rookie (920 yards).

 

Hall of Famer
Year
Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
Lance Alworth
1962
San Diego
4
10
226
22.6
3
Raymond Berry
1955
Baltimore
12
13
205
15.8
0
Fred Biletnikoff
1965
Oakland
14
24
331
13.8
0
Tom Fears
1948
Los Angeles Rams
12
51
698
13.7
4
Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch *
1949
Los Angeles Rams
12
22
326
14.8
4
Charlie Joiner
1969
Houston
7
7
77
11
0
Steve Largent
1976
Seattle
14
54
705
13.1
4
Dante Lavelli
1946
Cleveland (AAFC)
14
40
843
21.1
8
James Lofton
1978
Green Bay
16
46
818
17.8
6
Don Maynard
1958
New York
12
5
84
16.8
0
Tommy McDonald
1957
Philadelphia
12
9
228
25.3
3
Bobby Mitchell *
1958
Cleveland
12
16
131
8.2
3
Pete Pihos
1947
Philadelphia
12
23
382
16.6
7
John Stallworth
1974
Pittsburgh
13
16
269
16.8
1
Lynn Swann
1974
Pittsburgh
12
11
208
18.9
2
Charley Taylor
1964
Washington
14
53
814
15.4
5
Paul Warfield
1964
Cleveland
14
52
920
17.7
9

* also played as halfback

 

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