Cam Newton

Cameron Jerrell Newton[1] (born May 11, 1989)[2] is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He previously played nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers, who selected him first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. Newton had college football stints at Florida and Blinn before joining Auburn, where he won the Bowl Champion Series National Championship and Heisman Trophy in 2010. Nicknamed "Super Cam",[3] he is the NFL career leader in quarterback rushing touchdowns at 70.

Cam Newton
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Newton with the Carolina Panthers in 2016
No. 1 – New England Patriots
Personal information
Born: (1989-05-11) May 11, 1989 (age 32)
Atlanta, Georgia
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Westlake (Atlanta, Georgia)
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
NFL records
  • Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (70)
  • Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season (14)
  • Most rushing attempts by a quarterback (1,071)
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
Passing yards:31,698
Completion %:60.1
Passer rating:85.8
Rushing yards:5,398
Rushing touchdowns:70
Player stats at · PFR

Newton made an impact in his first season where he set the rookie records for passing (4,051) and rushing yards (706) by a quarterback, winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in the process. The league's first rookie quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season[4] and the first to throw for 400 yards in his NFL debut,[5] he also set the season record for quarterback rushing touchdowns at 14.[6] Between 2013 and 2017, Newton led the Panthers to three division titles and four playoff appearances. His most successful season came in 2015 when he was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) and helped Carolina obtain a franchise-best 15–1 record en route to a Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl 50. He is one of four African-American quarterback to win NFL MVP and was the first to solely receive it.[7]

Following his MVP campaign, Newton struggled with injuries as the Panthers made the playoffs only once in their subsequent four seasons. After missing the majority of the 2019 season due to surgery, he was released by Carolina. Newton later signed with the Patriots to succeed the departing Tom Brady as their starting quarterback for 2020, making him the first Patriots' first-string quarterback excepting Brady since Drew Bledsoe in 2001.

Newton was born in Atlanta on May 11, 1989. He is the son of Jackie and Cecil Newton Sr., who was a safety for the 1983 Dallas Cowboys and 1984 Buffalo Bills,[8][9] and the younger brother of Cecil Newton, a center who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars.[10] His youngest brother, Caylin, was the quarterback for the Howard Bison in the mid-2010s.[11]

Newton was a talented baseball and basketball player as a youth but developed a fear of being hit by a pitch in baseball and could not avoid foul trouble on the basketball court. He stopped playing baseball at 14 years old and quit basketball shortly into his high school career.[12] In 2015, Newton graduated from Auburn University with a degree in sociology.[13]