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The NFL Rookie of the Year this season is Cam Newton. The other guys will fall into line just behind him, but there is no debate.
In fact, a good argument could be made that no other No. 1 pick in the NFL draft has ever proven to be more worthy of the top selection than Cam Newton.
Although the Panthers did not win a ton of games, the future is bright in Carolina with Newton sailing the ship.
Newton came into Week 1 setting records, when he threw for 422 yards and broke Peyton Manning’s rookie record for most passing yards on opening day.
As the season progressed, the record setting endured.
In Week 2, Newton surpassed Week 1’s 422 yards and threw for 432, becoming the only player to throw for over 400 yards in both of their first two games, and breaking the record for most yards thrown in the first two games by a rookie.
Newton proceeded to set the NFL’s season rushing touchdown record for quarterbacks and then perhaps most impressively, surpassed another one of Manning’s records, throwing for the most yards in a season by a rookie.
The young quarterback finished with 4,051 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns, 706 rushing yards, and 14 rushing touchdowns.
With those numbers Newton ranked second in the league for rushing touchdowns (with the next closest quarterback being Tebow, with six), first for yards per carry, sixth for touchdowns scored (the only quarterback in the top 40), and 10th for passing yards.
At 6’5” 250, Newton looks like something out of a video game, and despite loads of criticism from non-believers before the draft and season began, he plays like one too.
If Newton can maintain the type of performances he displayed in his rookie year and get Carolina on the winning side of things, teams will be licking their chops for the next quarterback made from the Newton prototype.