Cam Newton, NFL superstar

Cam Newton poses with his Carolina Panthers after winning the NFC Championship (Courtesy of MCT Campus).

Cam Newton poses with his Carolina Panthers after winning the NFC Championship (Courtesy of MCT Campus).

By Joe Rizzo

Cam Newton was born on May 11, 1989 in Savannah, Georgia. Newton was one of two children in his family. His older brother, Cecil Jr., loved football and dreamed of playing in the NFL.  Ever since Newton was a little boy he followed his brother’s footsteps, he loved to go play football with his brother at the park. Newton started to play football at the age of 8. He was 5 feet tall and weighed about 100 pounds at the time.  He dominated his league and was often asked to move up to play with the older boys.

Newton attended Westlake High School in 2003 and impressed his coach as a freshman. At the end of his freshman year, Newton was moved to the varsity team. He had the opportunity to start his sophomore year. Newton lost the game for his team putting him back on the bench. By Newton’s senior year he was 6 feet 4 inches and weighed 230 pounds. He was able to throw the ball 75 yards and had a bright future ahead of him. Newton signed with the Florida Gators, where he sat behind star freshman Tim Tebow. Not being able to play bothered Newton, so he left Florida and transferred to Blinn Junior College in texas. Newton fit right in and threw for more than 2,000 yards and had 38 touchdowns.  Newton led his team to the championship game, where they lost. He had a fantastic game, with over 100 yards rushing and passing.

Once again, Newton was one of the best prospects in the game. This time Newton chose Auburn. Newton led Auburn to the national championship game and was named the Heisman Trophy winner.

Newton warms up (Courtesy of MCT Campus).
Newton warms up (Courtesy of MCT Campus).

The Carolina Panthers drafted Newton first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. He broke many records in his rookie season, such as 400 yards passing in his first game and 4,000 throwing yards in his rookie season. Newton has made a name for himself in the NFL. In 2015, he has led his Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos. Newton is one of the most passionate and fun players to watch in the NFL. After every touchdown he hands the ball to a little kid in the stands. He has become one of the most liked players in the NFL, but also one of the most hated. Not everyone likes how much fun he has. They call it being cocky or over celebrating. Whatever Newton is doing, he is doing it right, and Newton has a chance to hold up another championship trophy. Except this one is the greatest championship of them all. The Lombardi Trophy.