Cam Newton and the Greatest Rookie Debuts in NFL History

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Cam Newton and the Greatest Rookie Debuts in NFL History
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Cam Newton came into the NFL with some of the lower expectations of a top pick in a long time. It wasn't like he was the consensus best player in the draft and plenty of Panthers fans were just upset that they didn't get Andrew Luck instead.

Newton showed flashes in the preseason, but still nobody was prepared for the show he put on Sunday in his rookie debut: 422 yards, two passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown, a 110.4 QB rating and just one interception.

He became the first rookie to ever throw for 400 yards in his debut. And believe me, it's not like the Panthers were a team that could really air it out. They only threw for over 200 yards once last year.

So, even though Carolina lost 28-21, Cam Newton's debut will go down in history. But where does it rank among the best rookie debuts ever in the NFL?

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