Over the years, we have had stand-out debuts but have also seen some very poor first games.
While others have had impressive to unbelievable debuts, like Riley Thilthorpe's 16 disposals and five goals in Round 6, 2021.
John Coleman famously kicked 12 goals in his first game as well.
North Melbourne small forward Harry Sheezel collected 34 disposals in his maiden match to open the season in 2023, with the teenager finding plenty of the ball in a role down back under new coach Alastair Clarkson.
In this list we take a look at 10 of the best debut games since the year 2000.
Some honourable mentions from prior to 2000 include:
David Marshall (Adelaide, 1991)
29 disposals (22 kicks), seven marks and two goals
Dean Greig (St Kilda, 1991)
39 disposals, most ever on debut.
Daniel Metropolis (West Coast, 1992)
Six goals, including four from his first four kicks.
Seven goals and two behinds from 10 kicks on debut, left Wayne Carey to play second fiddle. Interesting to note, he followed this with 10 goals and six behinds the following week and seven goals the week after.
Scott Cummings (Essendon, 1994)
Eight goals from 10 kicks. Only three players have ever kicked more on debut.
The No.3 pick in the 2001 Draft was overlooked by coach John Worsfold for round one, and Judd responded by absolutely torching West Perth in the WAFL, with 15 disposals and four goals.
Worsfold learned from his mistake, and the Sandringham Dragon never played in the WAFL again.
As for his AFL debut, it too was pretty handy.
At the home of football, the MCG, against a powerhouse club in Collingwood, the midfielder's dash caught the eye of the football world. And they never took their eye off him again.
He finished with 19 disposals, 12 contested possessions, six inside 50s, five clearances and a goal.
Everyone knows how the career of the 2021 Hall of Famer would pan out at both the Eagles and Carlton.
2. Andrew Walker (Carlton, 2004)
Drafted at pick No.2, it probably wasn't a surprise that Andrew Walker would have one of the best debut games ever.
The 17-year-old, still studying VCE, demonstrated a classy performance that included one-handed pickups great ball use.
The boy that hailed from the banks of the Murray and Campaspe River recorded 26 disposals, four clearances and four tackles.
He also gave a sneak peek of what was to come throughout his career with marking prowess, notching up nine marks.
Walker took a famous mark in 2011, which was arguably the true mark of the year, but he almost could have earned the award back in his first game, with a high flying attempt, he just couldn't keep the ball on the way down.
The game resulted in a Rising Star nomination and a single Brownlow vote.
The Bendigo Pioneer retired in 2016 after 202 games.