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Doubters Take Note, Cam Newton NFL Rookie of the Year

Remember when former Pittsburg Steelers quarterback and Fox football analyst, Terry Bradshaw made the following statement:

"I'm not a Cam Newton fan. I didn't like him in college ... as far as I'm concerned, he's behind Michael Vick coming out of college. I actually like Jake Locker at Tennessee, Christian Ponder up at Minnesota and Blaine Gabbert down in Jacksonville. These young kids are far ahead of Newton as far as being an NFL quarterback."

Well just how wrong could you've been Terry?

Cam Newton just finished his first year in the NFL and what a year it was. He threw 21 touchdowns and accounted for the most yards by a rookie in NFL history 4,051. He also ran for 706 yards and set a new NFL record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single season with 14.

That accomplishment made Cam the first player in league history to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for at least 500 yards in a single season. And he did it for one of the weaker teams in the NFl. Oh .... and he did it as a rookie.

And for his record setting year the players, coaches, and NFL executives have voted Newton the Sporting News NFL Rookie of the Year.

To be fair to Bradshaw he wasn't the only expert that expressed doubts about Cam's ability to be successful as a pro quarterback, there were more doubters than believers. But after Newton starting playing at the next level, he turned most into believers. senior analyst Gil Brandt, a former Dallas Cowboys vice-president of player personnel, wrote a column earlier in the season saying after watching Cam play that he thought he was the best rookie QB he had ever seen,

"I've scouted thousands of players and wouldn't make this statement lightly ... Cam Newton is the most impressive rookie quarterback I've seen come into the league."

High praise from someone who made a living assessing NFL talent.

By the way, Cam also had one more accolade this week when he was selected for the Pro Bowl roster. If you want to watch it, the Pro Bowl will be played this Sunday, Jan. 29 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The game will be televised by NBC at 6 p.m. CST. Maybe Bradshaw can watch it with Blaine Gabbert.


Thanks to Sand MountainTiger for the following video on Cam's journey to Rookie of the Year:

Cam Newton - The Journey (highlights) (via jsinghncsu)