Cam Newton didn't just dismiss critics with his fantastic 2011 rookie campaign, he obliterated them off the face of the earth (metaphorically speaking).
"I don't think I knocked all the critics out, and I'm including myself as one of those critics," Newton said, six months removed from a season in which he shattered multiple rookie records. "But was it easy? No, we are in the National Football League; nothing in this league is easy.
"We're talking about a season that was just 6-10," he went on. "Now that I go back and look at the film, there was things that I was disgusted about, and I feel like could have done a lot better. As we go forth on this whole preparation of the offseason, hopefully I can mend those things and get back on track."
The interviewer closed things with a personal pet peeve of mine -- the dreaded, "Should I draft you No. 1 for my fantasy team?" Ugh.
I only include Newton's answer here because I liked it so much.
"Hey man, Ace Boogie, man," he responded. "He ain't going to let you down, I should tell you that."
Message received, Mr. Boogie.