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USA Today Ranks Newton As Third Most Important Person In NFL

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Since he was drafted by the Carolina Panthers with the top pick in the 2011 draft, Cam Newton has been one of the most talked about athletes in the NFL. After leading the Panthers to Super Bowl 50, USA TODAY dubbed Newton the 3rd most important person in the NFL. Odds makers apparently agree with the publication’s assessment, because the Panthers have one of the best NFL odds of making the Super Bowl next season.

When he first got into the league, Newton had baggage from his college days. During his national championship and Heisman winning season at Auburn, reports came out about Newton’s father asking schools for money if they wanted his son to play for them.

After an investigation, Newton was cleared of any wrongdoing, but the allegations made some teams wary of drafting him. The Carolina Panthers weren’t deterred and used the 1st pick of the draft on Newton.

During his rookie season, Newton broke a few records, throwing for over 4,000 yards and winning the Rookie of the Year Award. Four years later, he won his first league MVP Award after leading the Panthers to their best regular season record and their second Super Bowl appearance.

The USA TODAY article ranked Newton as the 3rd most important person in the NFL, behind Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, which isn’t very surprising considering what he has accomplished in his short career.

While Newton is probably the league’s most polarizing figure because he dances after scoring a touchdown, signals a first down whenever he rushes for one, and sulks after losing a game. There is no denying he is one of the best players in the league.

Newton is the first rookie quarterback to ever throw for 4,000 yards, in five seasons, he has already tied San Francisco 49ers great Steve Young’s record for most touchdowns by a quarterback as well as his record for the most games with a passing and rushing touchdown.

What makes those records more impressive is the fact that Young played 15 seasons in the NFL and Newton tied his records in five seasons.

Last season, Newton was the first player in NFL history to throw more than 30 TDs and run for 10 or more touchdowns. Newton’s size allows him to thrive in the read-option offense, which the team employs to keep defenses off balance throughout a game. He is one of the few quarterbacks that fit the mold of the dual threat quarterback because he can hurt defenses with his arm and legs. His size also makes him difficult to bring down when he runs the ball, making the defense’s job difficult to do.

While quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers get most of the attention from the media and are considered examples of what a franchise quarterback should be, Newton might not be conventional in the same sense, but he too is an example of what a franchise quarterback should be.

The media pays a lot of attention to Newton’s antics on the field and his demeanor when his team loses, but they fail to mention the fact that Newton also puts a lot of effort into helping the community. Newton visits children in hospitals, takes less fortunate kids shopping, and does a lot more charitable things that seen to get ignored.


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