Football: Who is NEXT?
Editor's Note: Cam Newton was named NEXT for the Jan. 9, 2012 issue of ESPN The Magazine. You can read more about him, and go behind the scenes of his cover shoot, here.
FAME CLAIM: Consensus No. 1 player in high school class of 2011
FAME CLAIM: Leads NFL tight ends in receptions and yards
FAME CLAIM: No. 4 overall prospect in Class of 2009 ESPNU 150; No. 25 on Mel Kiper's Big Board for 2012 NFL draft
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Every year since 1998, ESPN The Magazine has recognized an elite group of emerging athletes to watch in the year ahead -- athletes we call NEXT. They are competitors not only on the cusp of stardom, but on the verge of transcending their sports. NEXT is what happens when the hype is real.