Between his rebuilt throwing shoulder and the Rams' banged-up receiver corps, the No. 1 overall pick could have been excused for underwhelming in 2010. Instead the quarterback from Oklahoma has paid major dividends for St. Louis. He has the formerly wayward club in the hunt for its first playoff appearance since 2004 and is on pace to break Peyton Manning's rookie records for pass attempts (575) and completions (326), which would add to another impressive first-year mark he set earlier this season—169 consecutive attempts without an interception. All that for a mere $78 million!

PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO