BEST LOCAL ATHLETE
CAM NEWTON, CAROLINA PANTHERS
Cam Newton has yet to start a game as a Carolina Panther, but he still gets our vote as Best Local Athlete. Strictly based on his college performances at Auburn, and the maturity he’s shown since announcing he was going pro, we think Newton has a chance to be the finest athlete to ever play in the Queen City. The 6-foot-5, 248-pound quarterback runs like a receiver, passes like a Drew Brees clone, and has the willingness, and bulk, to run over would-be tacklers that get in his way. Who can forget Newton’s play in the BCS national championship against the Oregon Ducks? Late in the game, he fumbled, allowing Oregon to tie the game, but then redeemed himself in a cold-blooded fashion by driving Auburn down the field to win the game at the last second. He’s exciting, and we’re excited he’s going to be playing here. For once, Panthers fans are truly ready for some football.