Every year quarterbacks come in from the NFL draft, and these rookies are predicted to step in and take over an NFL franchise that has or has been the pity of the NFL. These rookie quarterbacks step in as rookies and are expected to except the leadership role and turn those teams into playoff and Super bowl contenders. Many rookies try to step up and accept that role and fail. Mostly due to immaturity, but it also comes from not being able to handle the hype and the pressure of that role. As most rookies fail, some grab the role in both hands and become exactly what is expected of them. Recent rookies that have stepped up and accepted those roles are Cam Newton, of the Carolina Panthers, and Robert Griffin III, of the Washington Redskins. The two players had the most hype of their drafting classes hands down. Cam Newton was drafted by the Panthers in the 2011 draft, and Robert Griffin III was drafted by the Redskins in the 2012 draft.
Cam Newton won the Heisman in his last year at Auburn. He also led his team to win the BCS championship bowl in 2011. Then he was drafted number one in the NFL Draft 2011. In his rookie at Carolina he continued to impress fans and reporters. Cam Newton had a rookie season that will never be duplicated. Newton broke the all-time rookie record for passing yards surpassing Peyton Manning’s old record of 3,739 yards, and it took Cam 83 less attempts than Manning to reach that number. During his rookie season Newton also broke the rookie quarterback rushing touchdown record, Newton had 14. Those 14 rushing touchdowns put him one score behind a three-way tie for second place in all-time rookie rushing touchdowns. Newton finished the 2012 season with 4051 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns and 17 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 8
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