published Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Panthers gamble on Cam Newton No. 1 overall

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)—The Carolina Panthers have selected Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, gambling that the Heisman Trophy winner will overcome questions about his character and work ethic to become the first franchise quarterback in team history.

A year after going 2-14 with the NFL's worst offense, the Panthers on Thursday night bypassed safer selections such as Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson for Newton, who dazzled in his only season playing major college football.

The 6-foot-5, 248-pound Newton accounted for 50 touchdowns and led the Tigers to the national championship last season despite an NCAA investigation that his father concocted a pay-for-play scheme during his recruitment.

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hcirehttae said...

I hope they hired a remedial-English interpreter for him. I heard him on the radio yesterday describing how he was a gun and criticism was his ammunition... or something like that.

Ah, it must have been a metaphor! Such an impressive intellectual feat for any SEC college student-athlete. He's sure to make a valuable contribution to society hurling a leather ovoid down a calibrated grassy plain.

As a nation, we get what we deserve.

April 29, 2011 at 6:39 a.m.
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