EVER since coming into the NFL because the No 1 draft choose in 2011, Cam Newton has been a beacon for each criticism and reward.
His apparent abilities as a participant have usually been overshadowed by vibrant garments, zealous celebrations and a troublesome relationship with the media.
Newton, nicknamed ‘Superman’, has additionally been a lightning rod for racism.
His prodigious athletic presents had been apparent in his teenage years.
Earlier than coming into school, Newton was already 6ft 5in, 17 stone of muscle and capable of run at round 20mph.
He was an athletic freak.
- Gained the Heisman Trophy with the Auburn Tigers in 2010, main the crew to a Nationwide Championship win
- Drafter No 1 total by the Carolina Panthers in 2011
- Set rookie data for many mixed yards (speeding and passing) and touchdowns
- Named to the Professional Bowl 3 times
- League MVP in 2015
- Most speeding touchdowns by a quarterback in NFL historical past
- Holds Carolina Panthers franchise data for passing touchdowns, passing yards and complete yards
However his first two years with the Florida Gators introduced little enjoying time and he was even near expulsion after allegedly dishonest on assessments.
He then transferred to Auburn after a surprising stint in junior school.
At Auburn, Newton lastly lived as much as his billing.
The Atlanta native led the Tigers to the Nationwide Championship, with Newton named because the Heisman Trophy winner after throwing 30 touchdowns – and extremely operating in one other 20.
However controversy was not distant, together with his father Cecil alleged to have solicited a whole lot of 1000’s of to safe his switch to Auburn (Cam was cleared of any wrongdoing).
Coming into the draft in 2011, Newton was the excellent prospect and was chosen first total by the Carolina Panthers.
He hit the bottom operating, posting the most effective statistical rookie season in NFL historical past.
Newton threw for greater than four,000 yards – the primary rookie to take action – and ran in an unimaginable 14 of his personal.
The Panthers missed the post-season however Newton had made his mark, profitable rookie of the season, being named to the Professional Bowl and drawing as many critics as followers for his Superman celebration and flamboyant character.
By 2015 he had made the Professional Bowl once more, led his crew to the play-offs and had endured an injury-plagued 2014 through which critics and followers questioned his toughness and talent to guide.
The 2015 season belonged to Newton.
He was simply the most effective participant within the NFL, main the Panthers to a surprising 14-game profitable streak on the way in which to choosing up the MVP award.
A newly mature Newton was the most effective participant on the most effective offence within the league, throwing 35 touchdowns and operating in 10 extra to guide his crew all the way in which to the Tremendous Bowl.
However Newton struggled within the large recreation. Taking part in in opposition to the Denver Broncos, the most effective defence within the NFL that season, Superman was destroyed.
He was sacked six instances, fumbled twice, threw an interception and failed to attain a landing for the primary time that season.
A kind of fumbles has gone down in Tremendous Bowl historical past and has develop into a stick to which to repeatedly beat Newton.
Because the ball went unfastened (and with the sport nonetheless on the road), Newton appeared to have a chance to get better it – however quite than bounce on the ball, he appeared to leap out of the way in which… permitting the Broncos to collect the ball and shut out the sport.
Critics questioned Newton’s coronary heart and toughness, in addition to tarring him as a egocentric participant not prepared to place his physique on the road for his team-mates.
His 2016 season was an enormous disappointment.
Newton appeared injured for a lot of it and continued to take punishment whereas enjoying behind a lacklustre offensive line.
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Newton, whose relationship with the media continued to fall apart, failed to reach the play-offs, meaning the Panthers were the first 15-1 team in history to miss the play-offs the following season.
In the off-season, Newton had surgery on a shoulder – a procedure that has seen him much improved over last season, but less explosive than his MVP campaign.
The Panthers are back in the play-offs this year, but Newton has had more negative press.
The quarterback was accused of sexism when a female reporter asked him a question and he responded it was “funny” she was doing so, before answering the question.
It was later revealed that the reporter had previously directed racist slurs at Newton over social media.
Despite his controversy, critics and haters, Newton remains the most dangerous dual-threat quarterback in the NFL.
No one will want to meet him in the play-offs.