Brian Jennings feels like the NFC should have won the 2011 Pro Bowl, and he blames the Panthers' Cam Newton.
"Cam Newton owes me $25,000, a lot of people don't know that," Jennings said this week on the Murph and Mac Show on KNBR. "We have Drew Brees with his playbook all week, studying. ... We have Cam Newton with his head phones on all week goofing off. ... We go into the game, and this guy is chucking the ball all over the place, and everybody is looking around going, 'What's this guy doing? Are you kidding?' The punter and I look at each other and say, 'We are going to have a long second half.' We punted five times."
Newton was 9-of-27 with a 43.7 passer rating and threw three interceptions during his stint as the NFC's quarterback. The NFC lost 59-41.
He also rubbed teammates - and especially opponents - the wrong way in the week before the game. He allegedly committed the most cardinal of sins by dissing then Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis - collective gasp! -- perhaps the most esteemed player at the time. When game day rolled around, the other AFC players took their revenge.
Left tackle Joe Staley, playing in his first ever Pro Bowl, figured he's have a rather relaxed outing considering that the game is played at three quarters speed (if that) and no one wants to see another player get hurt. Newton, however, was the exception, and Staley found himself having to block ravenous pass rushers like Houston's Antonio Smith and Denver's Von Miller. Newton was the only quarterback sacked in that game.
- Matt Barrows