Cameron Jerrell Newton (born May 11, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL).
Nicknamed “Super Cam”, he is the NFL career leader in quarterback rushing touchdowns at 70.
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.
He was selected first overall by Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft.
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 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.
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 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.