2009 - Matthew Stafford
QB, Detroit Lions (Georgia)
Stafford joined the Lions after forgoing his senior season at Georgia, and became the face of a franchise in need of a savior. The young QB was considered a bright spot on an otherwise desolate squad, leading Detroit to its first wins since the 2007 season, including a 38-37 victory over the Browns in which Stafford became the youngest player in NFL history to throw five touchdown passes. In 2011 he became the fourth quarterback to throw for over 5,000 yards in a season.