TBT Rookie Edition
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In that moment when the flashbulb pops—or the smartphone's pretend shutter emits its digital chirp—your best moment may not have been captured, but only someone with the most fragile self-esteem would walk away convinced that one day the same moment would look laughably outdated.
The fact is we have a myopic grasp of how much things can change in a decade, but that's not a bad thing.
TBT, or throwback Thursday, exists because most human beings have at least some measure of fascination about their own image—and simultaneously fail to fully comprehend the long-term value of a bowl cut.
So, there are billions of boxes and albums, as well as hard drives, filled with awesomely—and often terribly—retro moments captured in photos and digital images.
We know that TBT knows no class or creed, because social media apps like Facebook and Instagram have enabled athletes to post their own TBT moments.
And with MLB in full swing and the start of the 2014-2015 NFL and NBA seasons just around the corner, Throwback Thursday is a great time to get know some of those leagues' newest pros by taking a look at pics that show them in all their best, worst moments.
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Instagram ID: deonebucannon20
Caption: #tbt lol wen I was a young one
Deone Bucannon is a rookie safety with the Arizona Cardinals.
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Instagram ID: mstrooo7
Caption: Shout out to this man right here. Would be nothing without his constant influence. Words can't describe how lucky I am to have you in my life. He's more excited about my career than I am. Feel like we're both chasing this DREAM! Love you pops. More than you'll ever know! #MCM #familyfirst #LaFamilia
Marcus Stroman is a rookie pitcher with the Toronto Blue Jays.
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Instagram ID: ddennard21
Darqueze Dennard is a rookie cornerback with the Cincinnati Bengals.
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Instagram ID: tskywalk44
Caption: #TBT hahaha the hair tho
Taijuan Walker is a rookie pitcher with the Seattle Mariners.
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Instagram ID: dougmcd35
Doug McDermott is a rookie forward with the Chicago Bulls.
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Instagram ID: rashede77
Caption: Back when I was a young bull #tbt
Ra’Shede Hageman is a rookie defensive end with the Atlanta Falcons.
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Instagram ID: brock_holt
Caption: No way you're getting a smile if you wake me up from a nap...#thursdaybackthrow
Brock Holt is a rookie third baseman with the Boston Red Sox.
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Instagram ID: mrhelium2
Caption: I was a cute kid or Na ?
Dominique Easley is a rookie defensive tackle with the New England Patriots.
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Instagram ID: hoodie5
Caption: Back when I used to just dream...chasing it now
Rodney Hood is a rookie shooting guard with the Utah Jazz.
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Instagram ID: tajhboyd10
Caption: #RP Grew up a bulldog fan as a lil jit but we parted ways early 8/31 will be here soon enough CU #tbt #solidO
Tajh Boyd is a rookie quarterback with the New York Jets.
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Instagram ID: taylorlewan
Caption: Quick birthday throwback! Sad part about this pic is my calves are still the same size! Still #NoBadDays
Taylor Lewan is a rookie offensive tackle with the Tennessee Titans.
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Instagram ID: zl1_opihi
Caption: Since everyone else is doing then and now pics!
Michael Choice is a rookie outfielder with the Texas Rangers.
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Instagram ID: morganmoses_76
Caption: #tbt me and Mickey Mouse hangin out
Morgan Moses is a rookie offensive tackle with the Washington Redskins.
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Instagram ID: tremason27
Tre Mason is a rookie running back with the St. Louis Rams.
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Instagram ID: dmac_2
Caption: Check me out when I was a baby..lol #boss
DeAndre Daniels is a rookie forward with the Toronto Raptors.
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Instagram ID: nikstauskas11
Caption: #TBT lol I thought I was the coolest kid around when I was 15!
Nik Stauskas is a rookie shooting guard with the Sacramento Kings.
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Instagram ID: bbortles5
Caption: #tbt in my prime
Blake Bortles is a rookie quarterback with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Instagram ID: jarnellstokes
Caption: I've came a loooooong way! 2nd grade! #tbt
Jarnell Stokes is a rookie forward with the Memphis Grizzlies.
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Instagram ID: lthomas_6
Logan Thomas is a rookie quarterback with the Arizona Cardinals.
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Instagram ID: kevingausman12
Caption: Blondie at heart! TBT
Kevin Gausman is a rookie pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles.
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Instagram ID: aaronmurray11
Caption: #tbt @joshmurray11 n I when I was just a little guy
Aaron Murray is a rookie quarterback with the Kansas City Chiefs.
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Instagram ID: iamswag1
Caption: Me and My Sister Say Happy New Year Too!
Antone Exum is a rookie strong safety with the Minnesota Vikings.
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Instagram ID: justinbritt68
Caption: I have the best mom of all time!!!
Justin Britt is a rookie offensive tackle with the Seattle Seahawks.
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Instagram ID: coryjay34
Caption: Young CoJay scubba dub dubbin.. #ShowerCapLife #WheresMyYellowDuckie
Cory Jefferson is a rookie power forward with the Brooklyn Nets.
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Instagram ID: jmanziel2
Caption: First pitch at the Indians game tonight guess it's just meant to be
Johnny Manziel is a rookie quarterback with the Cleveland Browns.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
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Instagram ID: _ha21
Caption: You had to be that real deal to wear that #22 for them pine hills Trojans it's a lot of Dawgs way better then me that came from the Trojans some of them just fell off S/0 to my boy @3nvy_carta started from the bottom.. #TBT I came some long ways
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is a rookie safety with the Green Bay Packers.