Feb. 6, 2012
AUBURN--Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, a current member of the Carolina Panthers, won the 2011 Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, which was announced at the NFL Honors show Saturday.
The award is voted on by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. The first Panther to win the award, Newton received 47 of the votes.
Newton is the second former Auburn player to win the award. Runningback Carnell "Cadillac" Williams won the award in 2005.
Newton threw for 4,051 yards in 2011 -- the most by a rookie in NFL history -- and 21 touchdowns. He added 706 rushing yards to become the first player in league history to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for at least 500 yards in a single season. Newton also set an NFL for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single season with 14.
Newton, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, was named the Sporting News NFL Rookie of the Year in January and was also a member of the NFC Pro Bowl team.