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Rookie Quarterback To Start On Opening Day

Rookie Quarterback To Start On Opening Day

<b>PITTSBURGH -- </b> The way Tunch Ilkin remembers it, John Elway walked off the Three Rivers Stadium playing field with his helmet askew and his jersey pulled down over his shoulder pads. <br><br> "He was battered," said Ilkin, the former Pittsburgh Steelers tackle who was injured and in the stands that day. "I remember thinking, ‘Welcome to the league, rook.'"

Twenty years later, Kyle Boller of the Baltimore Ravens becomes the next rookie quarterback to start on opening day against the Steelers. The 19th pick of this year's draft would take Elway's result in a snap, but probably not the statistics. Elway completed only one of eight passes that day for 14 yards. He was intercepted once and had to be relieved by Steve DeBerg. The two quarterbacks were... Recommended Stories

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