Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton silenced all doubters this year with what can only be described as a stellar rookie campaign. In an effort to leave a good taste in the mouths of the folks casting Rookie of the Year ballots in the near future, Newton made it a point to come through with a very impressive performance against Tampa Bay this past weekend.
Some of his accomplishments, via ESPN:
- Newton threw for 171 yards and now holds the rookie record for passing yards with 3,893. He’s got another game left (at New Orleans on Jan. 1), so a 4,000-yard season is not out of the question. Peyton Manning set the previous record (3,739 yards) in 1998. Oh, by the way, Newton also has rushed for 612 more yards than Manning rushed for as a rookie.
- Newton threw three touchdown passes against the Bucs. He has 20 for the season. He is one of just five rookies in NFL history to throw for 20 touchdowns in a season. The record is 26, set by Manning.
- Newton now has 14 rushing touchdowns this season. That’s the most ever by any quarterback.
- With help from Minnesota’s Christian Ponder and Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton on Saturday, Newton has helped this year’s group of rookie quarterbacks combine for 22 victories. That ties the record set in 2008, when Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco were lighting it up as rookies.
And here is him torching the Bucs on foot:
(Kudos to The Big Lead for the video)