Panthers’ Cam Newton, Bengals’ Andy Dalton added to Pro Bowl teams


Aloha, Cam Newton. (Mike McCarn / AP)

Newton, who passed for over 4,000 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for 14 more with the Carolina Panthers, was added when Eli Manning and the New York Giants advanced to Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday night. Dalton, who passed for 3,398 yards and 21 TDs, was added when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots won the AFC championship.


And aloha to Andy Dalton. (Al Behrman / AP)

“He set a standard, a very high standard for any rookie quarterback coming in, and he wants to improve,” Panthers Coach Ron Rivera said of Newton. “He’s gotten better in so many different areas. His basic fundamentals just continue to get better and better. Mentally, he’s getting the grasp of this offense. He’s understanding defenses better and better. You’re starting to see leadership come out of him. He’s really taken his game to next level, and there’s so much room for him to grow. He’s got such a high ceiling.”

The Pro Bowl will be played at 7 p.m. EST Sunday in Hawaii.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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