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Trent Dilfer, a Super Bowl-winning quarterback who’s now a TV analyst, gushed about Newton’s workout.

“I couldn’t be more impressed. For one, I think this whole thing is genius,” Dilfer said of the workout in front of the media. “People are knocking it. I think it’s brilliant.

“He is a special talent,” Dilfer said. “He’s uniquely gifted. To be this much of a puppy, I mean, he hasn’t played a lot of true quarterback in his life; to be this refined mechanically, you don’t see this very often. This is the top of the top of the top. That’s what you’re looking at.”

A month removed from Auburn’s BCS title game victory over Oregon, Newton said he’s approaching things as a professional athlete.

“This whole transformation from the college level to the NFL is a big leap,” he said. “But at the same time, you have to be mature enough to be able to work on your talent when nobody is looking. This is your profession, this is your job. And I have to come at it every single day trying to get better at what I do.”

Newton couldn’t stop raving about the weather.

“I think I’m going to have a surfing party at the house,” joked Newton, who’s staying in Encinitas in northern San Diego County. “Everyone’s welcome to come.”