Cam Newton Age: Cameron Jerrell Newton is an American football quarterback who is now a free agent after being released by the Cleveland Browns. Prior to that, he spent nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers, who selected him with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft in 2011.
Newton played collegiate football at Florida and Blinn before transferring to Auburn, where he earned the 2010 Bowl Championship Series National Championship and the Heisman Trophy in his senior season. He is known as “Super Cam” because he has scored 70 rushing touchdowns as a quarterback in his NFL career.
As a rookie quarterback, Newton made an impression in his debut season, setting rookie records for passing (4,051) and rushing yards (706) by a quarterback and earning the award of NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year as a result. He became the NFL’s first rookie quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards in a season and the first to throw for 400 yards in his NFL debut. He also set a season record with 14 quarterback rushing touchdowns, which was previously held by Peyton Manning.
The Panthers won three division titles and made four appearances in the playoffs under Newton’s leadership between 2013 and 2017. Carolina’s most successful season came in 2015 when he was voted the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) and lead the Panthers to a franchise-record 15–1 record on their way to a Super Bowl berth in Super Bowl 50. He is one of four African-American quarterbacks to have won the NFL MVP award, and he is the first to have received the award on his own.
Following his MVP season, Newton was plagued by injuries, and the Panthers only made the playoffs once in their next four seasons under his leadership. The Carolina Panthers released him after he missed much of the 2019 season due to surgery. He went on to play one year in New England as Tom Brady’s replacement for the departed Patriots. He was released prior to the start of the 2021 season after losing his starting spot to Mac Jones in the spring of that year.
Newton was born on May 11, 1989, in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to being the son of Jackie and Cecil Newton Sr., who was a safety for the 1983 Dallas Cowboys and the 1984 Buffalo Bills, he is also the younger brother of Cecil Newton Jr., a center who formerly played for the Jacksonville Jaguars. When he was younger, his younger brother Caylin played quarterback for the Howard Bison during the mid-2010s.
Newton was a gifted baseball and basketball player as a child, but he acquired a phobia of being hit by a pitch in baseball and couldn’t keep himself out of foul trouble on the basketball court as an adult. He stopped playing baseball when he was 14 years old, and he stopped playing basketball shortly after starting his high school career. Newton graduated with honors from Auburn University in 2015 with a bachelor’s in sociology.