CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs for a 49 yard touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Football Outsiders decided to try and do a historical comparison for Cam Newton to see which current or former player he most compares too. What they soon found out is they had no comparison when trying to factor in his running ability and instead had to look at that separately. So they started with using his passing stats only and here's the top 3 comparisons:
1 - Peyton Manning
2 - Bernie Kosar
3 - Daunte Culpepper
I'm not surprised of those comparisons at all given Newton just broke Manning's rookie passing record. I'm a little surprised that he compared to Culpepper only because I would have thought the comparison would have been in his ability to run the ball. Now when they tried to include his running ability Newton essentially broke the calculation. The obvious comparison's are Michael Vick and Randall Cunningham, who along with Bobby Douglas are the only QBs to rush for more than 700 yards in a season. (Tebow can join the club with 56 more yards)
Yet none of these QBs can match Newton's passing performance so instead they decided to compare him purely as a rusher to get a comparison with the top 3 being:
2 - Herschel Walker
Wow, what a group of runners from the legendary Herschel Walker to MJD. If anyone doubts this comparison simply watch Newton's 49 yard TD run against the Bucs and I'm sure you will change your mind.
Hat tip to JDeLong42 for being the first to post this on CSR as a fanshot!