Cam Newton may be the most doubted, hated on disrespected, turned successful NFL Draft pick of all time.
Leaving college on the highest level of football achievable, as an undefeated champion and Heisman trophy winner, one would think Newton would have the least critics out of anyone. Wrong.
Newton went into draft combines and team workouts with an army of naysayers and doubters and came out with even more. Yet he was still selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, and they made the right decision.
What Cam Newton has done so far as a rookie is something that will go unmatched for years to come. His statistics have been simply out of this world. Even those who believed in Newton have admitted that he has far surpassed their greatest expectations.
As for the haters, they questioned his arm, his mechanics, his accuracy, his decision making in the pocket, his ability to play quarterback, his knowledge of the game, his ability to play in a pro style, his character and even his smile.
Newton inevitably has turned all of the question marks into periods.
His arm? How about two 400-yard games in his first two games as a pro to kick off his 2,393 passing yard total thus far .
His mechanics? See exhibit A.
His accuracy? See exhibit A.
His decision making? See exhibit A. Oh, and if you thought all he would do was run, see exhibit A, but don't worry; he does that too. With 319 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, Newton falls behind only elite running backs Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy for rushing touchdowns.
His ability to play quarterback? See all of the previous.
His knowledge of the game? See all of the previous while taking into consideration that the kid admits that, even now, he's not completely sure what's going on at all times. Imagine what will happen when he does.
His ability to play in a pro style? I think you get the drift.
Oh, and his character and smile? Some people tried to call those fraudulent too, but so far, the kid seems well liked and respected by his teammates, as well as the media, meanwhile showing great leadership qualities.
Any other questions?