Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was named Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Newton became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for 500 yards in a season.
“I want to thank the man upstairs,” Newton said.
He set a rookie record with 4,051 passing yards, and he rushed for 706 yards while breaking the NFL record for most rushing touchdowns (14) in a season by a quarterback.
“It’s still a learning process for me,” Newton said. “I mean, I learned so much the entire season. I can do so many things better. I have so much respect for this league.”
Newton became the first Panther to win the award. The Panthers finished 6-10 this season.
Newton won the Heisman Trophy in 2010 and led the Auburn Tigers to the BCS National Championship during a scandal-plagued season.
In 2009, Newton’s father tried to sell his son’s services to Mississippi State for $180,000. Newton was declared ineligible for one day. The NCAA cleared him of wrongdoing.