He was selected first overall by Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft.
The league's first rookie quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season and the first to throw for 400 yards in his NFL debut, he also set the season record for quarterback rushing touchdowns at 14. Between 2013 and 2017, Newton led the Panthers to three division titles and four playoff appearances.
He is one of four African-American quarterbacks to win NFL MVP and was the first to solely receive it. 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 and played the 2020 season with the New England Patriots.
He was released by the Patriots in 2021 and returned to the Panthers midway through the season.
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