One of the top young quarterbacks in the National Football League today, Cam Newton is one of the top stars in the game. Already a Super Bowl contender and holder of numerous records, Newton has revolutionized the quarterback position and helped lead the Carolina Panthers to success in the playoffs. Though controversial with some, Newton’s infectious energy and charitable work have made him a star both on the field and off. He’s the only modern player to win the Heisman Trophy, a national college championship and be picked as the top overall draft pick in just one year. In addition, Newton also boasts an MVP award, Super Bowl appearance and several records despite only playing since the 2011 season. Love him or loathe him, there’s no question that Newton is one of the top quarterbacks in the game today and a player to keep a close eye on for years to come.
Born on May 11, 1989 in Atlanta, Cam Newton was an exceptional football player in high school and later played in college for Auburn University. During his senior year, Newton won the Heisman Trophy, the BCS National Championship Game and was picked first overall by the Carolina Panthers in the 2011 National Football League Draft – an unprecedented feat.
Newton enjoyed a stellar rookie season, being named to the Pro Bowl and also Offensive Rookie of the Year. His second season in 2012 got off to a rough start, but he eventually improved considerably. Although less spectacular than his rookie season, his sophomore effort was in many ways superior, at least statistically. In the 2013 season, Newton and the Panthers went 12-4 and made the playoffs, though the team fell to the San Francisco 49ers. Still, Newton’s incredible performance on the field earned him yet another Pro Bowl nod. Newton battled injuries in the 2014 season but eventually led the Panthers to yet another playoff appearance, though they were defeated by the Seattle Seahawks.
The 2015 season proved to be phenomenal, even by Newton’s standards. He led the Panthers to an incredible 15-1 record and was named to the Pro Bowl and was also named MVP. Newton and the Panthers demolished their opponents in the postseason to finally reach the Super Bowl, but fell to Peyton Manning and the Bronco’s tough defense.
Despite the Super Bowl loss, Newton’s future has never looked brighter. His success in the playoffs and numerous records – all at a young age – make him a player to keep a close eye on for years to come.