Cameron Jerrell Newton. Superman. He needs no other introduction. He stands at six foot five inches and 250 pounds with a 500 watt smile. He looks like a defensive end, he runs a 4.58 and he throws the ball on a rope. He jukes, he throws deep, he has no fear. He lights up a room with his aura, people swarm to him. I was lucky enough to receive his autograph at training camp this year, and I have never seen so many people so locked on to one athlete at one time. He commanded the practice field and everyone watching, and he hadn't even played a game. He isn't articulate, he doesn't mince words, but that's all part of his charisma. He is simply a massive heap of unlimited football potential. This is our quarterback, and I'm writing this in an effort to put what Cam has done in proper perspective. I'm sure many similar articles will be written, but I want to share my thoughts. Hopefully I don't waste too much time and bandwidth.
Six months ago what if I told you Cam would break multiple passing records? Or he would have one of the most successful rushing seasons for a quarterback, ever? What if I told you he did it as a very unpolished rookie, using mainly god given talent and a little help from our friend Chudzinski? The first rookie to throw for 4,000 yards (in all likelihood), the only player to throw for 4,000 and rush for 500, the only rookie to throw for 400 yards in his first game, and then turn around and do it again. Nobody on this blog could've told you these things six months ago, that he would be compared to Peyton Manning and Hershel Walker only sixteen games into his career. That he would smash Peyton's rookie passing yardage record, revive a supposedly "aging" Steve Smith, turn the worst offense in the league into a big play waiting to happen on every snap, and have thousands of critics eating massive amounts of crow. Do I need to remind you that he's done this all at only 22 years old?
Many people will not agree with this, but I don't think Cam's accomplishments have been stated and appreciated like they should be, even on this blog. All of this has been said before, but I feel like it cannot be said enough. Cam Newton wasn't supposed to be this good, this fast (if ever really). He wasn't supposed to make the Panthers on the verge of being a great team this quick, or put up the incredible stats with a shortened offseason. He wasn't even supposed to be able to understand a playbook, according to the experts. Hell, the Panthers weren't even supposed to draft him.. The negatives we're everywhere, the positives seemingly didn't exist, but Marty Hurney and Co. saw the potential, and never looked back.
I wanted to write this to tell everyone to value the man we have playing quarterback for us, the incredible beast that Cam Newton is. Appreciate him every time he drags a safety into the end zone and fake rips his jersey open, unleashing his alter ego. Or when he drops a sixty yard pass off his back foot with a blitzing linebacker in his face into Steve Smith's arms. There is no other player in the NFL with the raw potential that Cam Newton has, and the best part is he's all ours. Don't undervalue the potential and success he alone will bring this franchise, cause wherever Cam Newton takes us in 2012 and beyond is going to be incredible and will involve a lot of winning. Realize that this sunday is the last sixty minutes of Cam Newton we will see until next summer, and realize what an incredible football player we have on our team. So here's to you Cam, this is only the beginning.