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Last season four rookies scored a touchdown in their team’s first game of the year. The four:
•Chicago’s Alshon Jeffery scored a TD on a pass reception on September 9
•The New York Jets’ Stephen Hill scored on two pass receptions on September 9
•Washington’s Alfred Morris scored on a pair of rushing plays on September 9
•Oakland’s Rod Streater scored on a TD pass reception on September 10
Since 1966 (the beginning of the Super Bowl era), there have been 252 rookies that scored a touchdown in their team’s first game of the season, an average of 5.4 per season. Most in a season was in 1969 when 11 different rookies scored a TD in their team’s first game of the season. That group included O.J. Simpson and Roger Staubach.