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Born in Atlanta in 1989, Cam Newton was one of the nation's top high school football recruits in 2007. He initially attended the University of Florida and later led Auburn University to the national title in his Heisman Award-winning season of 2010. Selected by the Carolina Panthers with the first pick in the 2011 NFL draft, Newton became one of the league's stars. At the end of his 2015 MVP season, he led the Panthers to an appearance in Super Bowl 50.
At Westlake High School in Atlanta, Newton quickly earned the attention of college football scouts from around the country. Big and fast, the quarterback packed a cannon of an arm and the kind of foot speed reserved for receivers. By his senior year, Newton, one of the top high school prospects in the country, had received scholarship offers from the University of Georgia, the University of Florida and Virginia Tech, among other college football powerhouses.
Newton chose to attend the University of Florida at the start of his senior year of high school. Many believed Newton had made the right choice. Under the hand of head coach Urban Meyer, the Florida Gators boasted one of college football’s elite programs.
The Carolina Panthers, the NFL’s worst team in 2010, selected Newton with the first pick. The quarterback quickly acclimated to the new competition, throwing 21 touchdowns and passing for more than 4,000 yards to earn Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
- His brother, Cecil, played for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- Won the 2010 Heisman Trophy and the BCS National Championship in his only season at Auburn University. #1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers.
- First NFL rookie quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards.
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