Cam Newton was named to his first NFL Pro Bowl today with Eli Manning needing this coming Sunday off to prepare for a slightly bigger contest. I couldn’t be happier for the kid. As I watched him over the course of this season I really did feel that I was watching one of the best in the game; and you can relive a lot of the highlights with a nice 2011: Best of Cam Newton from NFL.com.
He was also the Sporting News Rookie of the Year.
“The Panthers drove down to the 8 yard line and that is when the something amazing happened. The ball was snapped and everything seemed to happen in slow motion from that point forward. Cam completed a pass to Jeremy Shockey to the left side. Shockey then broke two tackles and made his way into the endzone, scoring the final touchdown for the Panthers for the day. Stockey [sic] threw the ball down which ended up just past the end zone. I watched as Cam came in and celebrated the touchdown with Shockey. He then immediately turned to the side judge and I saw him mouth the words, “Where is the ball?”. The referee pointed to the ball and Cam ran to it and picked it up. I watched as Cam looked straight up at Parker, smiled, and ran straight to him. He then handed him the ball and Parker says he said “War Eagle” as he did so. The next few minutes were such a blur but I do remember Parker running straight to me and jumping in my arms screaming that he got the ball. All of the kids in the section came running to Parker wanting to see the ball and get their pictures made with him. There were even adults that came up and wanted to touch the ball. We were all overwhelmed with excitement.” [The Road Less Traveled] (also in the Charlotte Observer)
*Also Mike Florio gives Carolina and Cam Newton some credit.
*Greg Cosell of NFL Films Blog talks Cam Newton. Guy studies film for a living, this is a well-written and good lead. And I’m pretty sure they did this post because I was bugging them to do something Cam Newton oriented on their Official Facebook Page.
*Cam was on Sound FX last night.
*The Panthers schedule for next season is basically set.
*The Panthers play the FOX National Game of the Week this coming Sunday against the Saints. I should liveblog it.
*Must read Cam Newton material — ESPN the Magazine “NEXT”.
For as long as I watch the game of football, for as long as I follow the sport; there will never be a player I enjoy watching or I am more sold on than Cam Newton. At the end of the day, this sport is meant to captivate us and entertain us, and when you watch Cam and the Carolina Panthers, you leave entertained.
I love the offense that runs through Cam–and is directed by Rob Chudzinski–because it’s aggressive, creative, and it gets everyone involved. It’s the little things you don’t realize, like screen passes set up to the tight ends, shotgun split-I formation with Jonathan Stewart and Deangelo Williams behind Newton, and throwing it down the field to Steve Smith and Brandon Lafell.
Newton’s 48 yard touchdown run in which he ran past everyone on the Buccaneers defense and ended up dragging two players into the end zone with him really was icing on the cake after Cam put on a masterful passing display. He went 12 of 17 and threw three touchdown passes before that moment.
The Panthers were scoring in a hurry yesterday, and every time they scored they decided to give the ball to a fan in the crowd as a way of honoring them for being there and supporting them on Christmas Eve. What a happy and warm place to be, down in Charlotte watching the Panthers whoop a team early in the day on Christmas Eve.
I truly believe that this team is just a few players away from being a force next year–maybe a contender to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Cam Newton might be my favorite athlete of all time. I just can’t say enough about the guy, he’s incredible and is just a lot of fun to follow. He’s kind of been my guy since the beginning. To see his season culminate in yesterday’s performance (which in my opinion was probably his finest of the year) was pretty special.
Cam Newton also broke Peyton Manning’s rookie record for passing yards by a QB, probably locking up his Rookie of the Year Award.
For as long as I live, I’ll never forget the 48-16 Panthers donnybrook that I watched early on Christmas eve 2011.