Former Kansas State Wildcat Terence Newman is an amazing athlete. He is approaching the age of 40 and just signed to play another season in the NFL.
It’s been a long time since Terrence Newman first took the field for Bill Snyder and the Wildcats.
A kid, not even 6-foot tall out of Salina Central High School was impressive from the moment he took the field in Manhattan.
Newman was a sprinter that could outrun just about anybody and still does.
He didn’t just play football for the Wildcats.
Newman was an All American defensive back but also an All American on the track team at Kansas State.
He specialized in the 60 and 100-meter dash. “He won the conference 100-meter dash his junior and senior year,” as his Wikipedia page documents.
During the NFL combine, Newman ran a 4.37 in the 40-yard dash. By comparison, Wildcat Defensive End Jordan Willis recently wowed scouts when he recorded a 4.53. Willis is little bigger.
Since that impressive showing in the 2003 NFL combine, Newman has been getting paid to play football.
He has played in over 200 NFL games and has 41 career interceptions.
During 9 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys he was named All-Pro in 2007 and 2009.
I thought he made a statement to the league in 2010 when he wasn’t named to the All Pro team and still picked off 5 passes that season- the most in any season of his career.
Those three years in Cincinnati were probably boring after playing for America’s Team. Now he looks forward to a third year wearing purple for the Vikings.
While I’m not optimistic, I hope Newman gets a trip to the Super Bowl. It’s just about the only thing he hasn’t accomplished during his football career.