When Carolina selected Cam Newton out of Auburn for their First Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, I thought surely he'd be a bust of JaMarcus Russell proportions.
My best friend is a Panthers fan and we both were vastly upset at the apparent mistake we thought Carolina was making. With barely any college history behind him, this young man had somehow become the consensus No. 1 in the greatest football league in the world.
And then the season started.
In an event I refer to among my friends as C-Day, Newton took the field in his Carolina Panthers jersey at home against the Cardinals. It was September 11th, and when the games began I clearly remember the only game that was captivating my interest was Carolina's.
I cannot express the personal feelings of shock, surprise and pride I felt when the game ended.
Somehow, someway, Cam Newton, my ultimate bust draft pick, threw for 422 yards and two touchdowns. He had a 64 percent completion percentage and also rushed for a touchdown.
Suddenly, I was a Cam Newton fan.
This day, C-Day, was the first NFL record Cam Newton broke. With many greats behind him such as John Elway, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and even Joe Montana, Newton still somehow threw for more yards in his NFL debut than any quarterback in the history of the league.
And then the week after, he did it again. His threw for more yards in his first two games than any quarterback in history. He managed to break his own record of 422 yards with 435 against Green Bay.
At the moment of this writing, Cam Newton has broken 10 NFL records. He's also the sixth QB to throw for 400 yards in a game. That's all quarterbacks in the history of the league—and Cam managed to do it as a rookie. He's also the fourth rookie quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards in a single season.
Newton has a bright future, and Carolina is set up to help him become an NFL MVP very soon.