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400 Reasons to Get Excited about Carolina’s Rookie QB
September 23, 2011
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McFarlane Toys has a tradition of including one NFL rookie in our SportsPicks lineups dating all the way back to 2006. Some have turned out better than others, but our collectors are always eager to find the short-printed (used to be surprise figure, and now evolved into a Collector Level figure) rookie each fall. This NFL season was widely considered to be a tough year for rookie quarterbacks. With the summer work stoppage forcing the cancelation of rookie camps and mini camps, the Class of 2011 has a tall order to fill. None of that seems to bother top overall pick and NFL 28 member Cam Newton.

The Heisman Trophy and National Championship winning quarterback from Auburn went to the Carolina Panthers with the first selection in this Spring’s NFL Draft. Newton turned heads in the pre-season, winning the starting job outright, but no one predicted the immediate impact he’d have on the Panthers’ offense. He debuted at Arizona, and piled up an NFL record 422 yards passing with two touchdowns versus one interception. No rookie had ever thrown for that many yards in his first NFL start. Returning home, Newton piled on the numbers again – throwing for 432 yards and one touchdown while rushing for 53 yards and a score as well. Granted, the defending champion Green Bay Packers intercepted Newton three times en route to a 30-23 victory, but the impact of Newton’s arrival was recognized league-wide.

So far, so good – and it’s going to get even better, as Newton is part of our upcoming NFL 28 series. As a Collector Level –Only figure, there are only three thousand Newton figures randomly inserted into our NFL 28 cases and making their way to a store near you. Check out the image of Cam Newton in his new SportsPicks packaging:

Look for Cam Newton and the rest of NFL 28 (Clay Matthews, Ben Roethlisberger, Dez Bryant, Drew Brees, Michael Vick, Andre Johnson & Barry Sanders) in stores near you early this November.

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