25 facts about quarterback Cam Newton
By NICK SELBEPointAfter
After winning his first playoff game in 2014 (against a Ryan Lindley-led Cardinals team, but still), Newton guided Carolina to a 15-1 record during the regular season. Now the Panthers are one win away from their first championship in franchise history, and the former No. 1 overall pick has been the team's driving force.
In the build up to Super Bowl 50, PointAfter decided to take a look at Newton's career so far using 25 numbers-based facts. We'll start with the lowest number and finish up with the highest — the latter might have something to do with the giant contract Newton signed this past offseason.
On Dec. 24, 2015, Newton's girlfriend gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy they named Chosen. On the unusual first name, Newton explained that he wanted a name that was both masculine and unique, according to ESPN, and didn't want to name his son after himself.
2: College National Championships
While it's well-known how Newton led Auburn to the 2010 BCS national championship, he also won a national title the year before. In 2009, he helped Blinn College (Tex.) win the NJCAA national championship.
Newton was also a member of the 2008 Florida Gators football team that won a national title, but left under dubious circumstances. He transferred after the fall semester rather than face discipline stemming from three instances of academic cheating.
3: Pro Bowl Selections
The Panthers inked Newton to a five-year, $103.8 million contract in June 2015, with general manager Dave Gettleman saying at the time, "We believe he'll take us to the Promised Land." Now that Newton has the team back in the Super Bowl, Gettleman's words seem prophetic. The deal earns Newton $60 million in guaranteed money and comes out to an average of nearly $21 million per season. Not a bad deal for the one they call SuperCam.