Entering the first game of Cam Newton’s rookie season, the young QB from Auburn had heard every criticism. He was a force in college, but many thought that was where the good times would end. The NFL was fresh off seeing Tim Tebow struggle, and many thought Cam was simply a running QB, with no real talent in the pocket.
to answer a question that’s been blowing up my inbox: Cam Newton is not an NFL QB. At all. Great athlete. Heisman contender. That’s all
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) October 25, 2010
In fact, most saw Newton as the third-best QB in the draft, and the Panthers as a naïve team for giving the keys of their franchise to a quarterback so unproven and vocal. But in the first game, the youngster put on a show – racking up 422 yards and 3 TDs – en route to Rookie of the Year honors and shattering Peyton Manning’s rookie passing records.