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Cam Newton impressed Boomer Esiason at a young age

Cam Newton impressed Boomer Esiason at a young age

Cam Newton either had a wicked sense of humor or he needed to brush up on his NFL history.

About 10 years ago, long before he got to the league or even to Auburn, Newton participated in an All-Star game run by Boomer Esiason, the league's most valuable player in 1988 and the quarterback who led the Cincinnati Bengals to a Super Bowl appearance.

Esiason, now a CBS analyst, recalled meeting the young quarterback, who was in eighth or ninth grade at the time.

"He had to be at least 6-3. I was like, `This kid's in eighth grade? You've got to be kidding me!' " Esiason said Monday.

Newton had made the trip up to Hofstra...

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