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Cam Newton is all smiles during his historic rookie year.
Alright, it's obvious.
No rookie has had a better year than the No. 1 pick.
In fact, no rookie has ever had a year as good as the season Cam Newton has had in 2011.
He just knows how to win.
Fresh off a college championship and Heisman Trophy-winning season, Cam Newton was given the challenge of leading the worst team in the NFL last year, the Carolina Panthers, to success. It would not have been reasonable to ask for a winning season, but merely signs of improvement with a few wins.
Now, thanks to Newton's incredible season, the Panthers already have six wins, which is three times as many they won in 2010.
Panthers fans are overjoyed with the new face of their franchise. Not only has Newton played exceptionally in his rookie year, but he has surely had an effect on his teammates.
Newton has revitalized the career of Steve Smith. Smith has exploded for 1,308 yards, the most he has had since 2008, and third-most in his 11 years in the league.
There is an obvious impact from Newton. Legedu Naanee and Brandon LaFell have also had career-best years, while tight ends Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey have flourished with Newton under center.
After his incredible year at Auburn last year, Newton was regarded as an amazing runner and a pretty good passer. That was still enough for him to be the first pick in the draft, but after his first 15 starts, Newton has broken the rookie passing record held by Peyton Manning. It is impossible to doubt that Newton can flourish as a quarterback in this league after exhibiting such maturity as a pocket-passer.
And then there's the mobility. Newton has already ran for 14 rushing touchdowns this year, a figure that has not surpassed by any quarterback in the history of the league in one season.
Newton has become one of the most dynamic players in the league, and his athleticism paired with his impressive leadership role has been truly remarkable. With that skill set, it is impossible to know just how far Newton can carry his team.
In his first year, Newton has not just become the most valuable rookie in the league but he has also developed into one of the most valuable players the NFL has to offer.
The sky is the limit for Cam Newton.