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Terence Newman attended Salina High School Central in Salina, Kansas where he excelled in football, basketball, track and baseball. He was an all-state Class 5A selection in football his senior year.

Newman attended Kansas State University, where he played football for the Kansas State Wildcats. As a senior in 2002, he was a consensus first-team All-American and the Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back, and was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s best defensive player. He finished his senior season with 44 tackles, 34 solo, five interceptions and 14 pass breakups. Newman was also a star on special teams as a punt and kickoff returner. He scored 26 points and ranked third on the team with 754 all-purpose yards. In addition to football, Newman ran track for Kansas State. He won the Big 12 Conference 100 meter dash outdoor champion in 2001 and 2002, with times of 10.29 and 10.34. He also won the Big 12 Conference 60 meter dash in indoor competition with a time of 6.65. Newman also won the Big 12 Conference indoor co-performer of the year in 2002.

Following college, Terence Newman was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. In his rookie season Newman started all 16 games, making seventy-six tackles, one sack and four interceptions. In the 2004 season, he started all sixteen games making 64 tackles and four interceptions. In the 2005 season, Newman did not give up a single TD reception all season. His finest season as a professional came in 2007. He was voted to the 2007 Pro Bowl after recording four interceptions, 50 total tackles, 1 touchdown, 3 forced fumbles, and 23 pass deflections. He was selected to his second Pro Bowl in 2009. 

2002 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Winner Terrence Newman, Kansas State University