Posted by Chip Patterson
Cam Newton may not be considered the top quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft, but he will one of the most valuable athletes in the class. Newton has instant name recognition beyond the football world, and his trademarked smile and larger than life personality is a perfect match for endorsements. Not to mention the on field accomplishments of a National Championship and being a runaway Heisman Trophy winner.
So for agent Bus Cook to land Newton as a client is a pretty big deal. Sources have confirmed to our own Bryan Fischer that Newton has signed Cook on for his representation in the 2011 NFL Draft. The agent-duties will be shared between Cook and Perennial Sports, a D.C. based group that currently represents Cam's brother.
Cook was going up against some of the biggest football agents in the game for Cam's nod. In order to seal the deal, Cook reportedly called in some help from Brett Favre. Pro Football Talk reported earlier this week that Favre, a longtime client and friend of Cook, joined the agent in his meetings with the Newton family.
What kind of impact did Favre have on the decision? Hard to say, but if anything, Favre's team can say they have dealt with their fair share of public controversy. There is little reason to believe that just because Newton is leaving Auburn, the damning reports surrounding his recruitment will go away any time soon.
Or even better, maybe Favre hooked up Newton with a sweet gig doing endorsements for Wrangler. Now THAT would be a Super Bowl commercial.