Cameron Jerrell Newton is an American football player for the National Football League’s Carolina Panthers. Newton rose to prominence after winning the Heisman Trophy at Auburn University and was subsequently drafted into the NFL in 2011. He is also famous for being the only individual in history to win the Heisman Trophy, a National Championship, and get drafted into the NFL all in the same year. Newton rose to prominence as one of the league’s best players after being selected by the Carolina Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft. Within his debut year, he set all-time passing and rushing yardage records. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least thirty touchdowns while also rushing for ten in the same season in 2015. Newton is a devout Christian who, despite his many accomplishments at such a young age, maintains a humble demeanor. He is said to be a devout follower of God who feels he is nothing more than a tool of the Divine. He is also a motivational speaker in addition to being a successful footballer.
Childhood and Adolescence
Cam Newton was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 11, 1989, to Cecil and Jackie Newton. He was the second of three sons in his family. He was introduced to a variety of sports at a young age by his father, who grew up in a family that valued athletics and physical activity.
He went to Atlanta’s Westlake High School, where his athletic abilities drew the attention of college football scouts. He was a member of the Westlake Lions high school football team during his time there. His abilities were well-known by the time he was in his senior year, and he received scholarship offers from multiple universities, including the University of Georgia and the University of Florida.
Newton chose to attend the University of Florida, where he was a member of the Gators for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He beat out John Brantley for the job as Tim Tebow’s backup in 2007, when he won the Heisman Trophy. However, due to an ankle injury the next season, he was unable to play much and sat out practically the entire season.
He was arrested for burglary in 2008 after allegedly taking a laptop from another university student, and he was then suspended from the team. Despite being found guilty and ordered to undergo a court-approved pre-trial diversion program, he remarked that a person should not be condemned solely on the basis of a careless error, and that everyone deserves a second opportunity.
Cam Newton subsequently transferred to Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, where he helped his team win the 2009 NJCAA National Football Championship by throwing for 2,833 yards and 22 touchdowns while also rushing for 655 yards. By this time, he had gained a lot of notoriety and was listed as the best quarterback from either high school or junior college by Rivals.com.
Later, he transferred to Auburn University and became a member of the Auburn Tigers. He was a standout performer for the squad, leading them to the 2010 BCS National Championship. Newton was voted the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, as well as the Associated Press Player of the Year, in addition to winning the Heisman Trophy.
He signed a four-year, $22 million contract with the Carolina Panthers after being chosen into the NFL in 2011. With 422 throwing yards in his first game against the Arizona Cardinals, he set a rookie record. Despite his outstanding performance, his squad was unable to win.
Cam’s first win with the Panthers came against the Jacksonville Jaguars in only his third week with the team. During the game, he had a total of 158 throwing yards and one touchdown. For the rest of the season, he was outstanding, and he was named ‘Offensive Rookie of the Year.’
Newton remained with the Panthers for the following few years, rising to become one of the team’s top players and a well-known footballer. On the ‘NFL Top Players of 2016 list,’ he was named the best player in the league in 2016.
Achievements & Awards
Cam Newton has won numerous accolades and achieved numerous accomplishments throughout his career. He has earned the Heisman Trophy (2010), the Walter Camp Award (2010), the All-Iron Award (2015), and the ESPY Award for Best NFL Player (2016).
He also holds the record for being the first and only rookie to pass for more than 4000 yards and rush for more than 700 yards, as well as being the fastest person to throw 1000 yards.
Cam Newton has had a long-term relationship with Kia Proctor. In 2015, the couple welcomed a son, and in 2017, they welcomed a daughter.
Cecil Newton Jr., his older brother, used to play for the Baltimore Ravens.
Cam Newton’s net worth is believed to be $45 million.
Despite being engaged in a major vehicle accident in 2014 that resulted in two back fractures, he amazingly recovered in just twelve days.