Top 15 NFL One-Year Wonders

When it comes to sports, you can make yourself one of the richest athletes in your respective game with just one incredible season. This is especially true if a player is in the final year of their contract, leading to a massive extension. Sometimes it works out and the athlete becomes a franchise player, and sometimes it handcuffs the team to a guy that played out of his mind for a short span, setting the franchise back for years.

The NFL has had a lot of these one-year wonders that lit up the league and then either saw their stats drop off, or their careers fall of the face of the world. But who are the guys that made the biggest impact and then just lost that magic touch?

Here are the top 15 one-year wonders in the NFL and what happened to their careers afterwards. Some of them are familiar names that are still in the league, but just not what they were for that one tremendous year.

15 Nick Foles

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14 Peyton Hillis

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13 Sidney Rice

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12 Greg Cook


11 Marcus Robinson


10 Tommy Maddox


9 Scott Mitchell


8 Derek Anderson

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7 Steve Slaton


6 Bill Kenney


5 Olandis Gary


4 Don Majkowski


3 Steve Beuerlein


2 Ickey Woods


1 Robert Griffin III

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RGIII mania was running wild through the nation’s capital as the 2012 Redskins came out of nowhere to win the NFC East. After trading multiple first round picks to draft Robert Griffin III out of Baylor, the Skins thought their days of not having a franchise quarterback were over. RGIII won the Rookie of the Year Award after throwing for 3,200 yards to go along with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for 815 yards and seven touchdowns. Injuries started to mount and Griffin was never the same as he has gone 5-15 with 20 touchdowns and 18 interceptions since then. Griffin did not play in 2015 as Kirk Cousins emerged for Washington, and the former Heisman winner is about to hit the free agent market.

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