2012 NFL Pro Bowl: Panthers' Cam Newton Snubbed While Eli Manning Gets the Call

Jimmy GrapponeCorrespondent IDecember 28, 2011

Record-setting rookie, Cam Newton (1), was snubbed by the Pro Bowl Voters
Record-setting rookie, Cam Newton (1), was snubbed by the Pro Bowl VotersStreeter Lecka/Getty Images

Cam Newton,  the Carolina Panthers' record-setting rookie, was snubbed by the fans and coaches selecting the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl rosters.

There, I said it.

Newton should have been selected as the NFC's third Pro Bowl quarterback ahead of the New York Giants' Eli Manning.


Record Setter

Newton has set several NFL quarterback records in his first season in the league.

In Week 1, Newton set the first NFL record for most passing yards in a professional debut.

In Week 2, he became the first quarterback to ever pass for over 400 yards in each of his first two professional starts.

In Week 13, Newton rushed for three touchdowns to bring his then-season total to 13, eclipsing Steve Grogan's 35-year-old record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.

In Week 16, he broke Peyton Manning's 13-year-old record for most passing yards by a rookie and he ended the game with 3,893 passing yards for the season with one game to go.


At 7.9 yards per attempt, he averages nearly a yard-and-a-half more than Peyton Manning did in 1998 with 6.5 yards averaged each time he threw the ball

In Week 17, Newton will become the first rookie quarterback to pass for more than 4,000 yards in a single season.

The last time I check, Eli Manning was having a nice season, but he has not broken any league records.


Better Stats Than the Mannings

Not only are Newton's passing numbers better than Peyton Manning's in his rookie year, but his overall statistics are better than Eli Manning's this season.

Check this out:

By The Numbers Through Week 16

Eli Manning: Passing: 335-of-556/4,587 yards/26 TD/16 INT
Rushing: 29 attempts/1 yard/1 TD/8 FUM (4 Lost)

Cam Newton: Passing: 295-of-492/3,893 yards/20 TD/16 INT
Rushing: 120 attempts/674 yards/14 TD/5 FUM (2 Lost)



If my math is correct, and it is, Manning has outgained Newton by a total of 21 yards, 4,588 to 4,567.

However, Newton has been responsible for seven more touchdowns (34 vs. 27) and two fewer turnovers including interceptions and fumbles.

That's not to mention the fact that Manning has "led" the Giants to a 2-5 record since Week 10 while Newton's Panthers are 4-3 during that span with wins in four of their past five games.


Excitement Factor

The Pro Bowl is an exhibition game in which little defense is played and skill-position players get to showboat nearly as much as the NBA All-Star game's participants.

With his unique combination of passing skills and mobility, his rising status among the league's top shelf quarterbacks, and as the future Pro Bowler that Newton is, Newton should have been selected to represent the Carolina Panthers in Hawaii based upon his Q-rating alone.

Newton's saving grace is that among the other two Pro Bowl quarterbacks representing the NFC, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and New Orleans' Drew Brees, one will likely play in the Super Bowl, leaving the door open for Cam Newton to be selected as an alternate to join his teammates, reserve wide receiver Steve Smith and starting center Ryan Kalil, in Hawaii.

To which fans will say, "Mahalo."


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