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Cam Newton
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Cam Newton


After a Heisman Trophy year filled with controversy, the intrigue followed Newton to the 2011 combine. Newton got flustered and defensive when an NFL team asked him why he ignored Gene Chizik's call to take a knee and instead ran a quarterback sneak in the BCS National Championship Game. He also had to defend himself for a comment in which he described himself "not only as a football player, but an entertainer and icon." The questions his attitude and comments raised were quickly answered in the NFL as Newton won the 2011 Offensive Rookie of the Year and earned a Pro Bowl nod.

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