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28 facts about Cam Newton on his 28th birthday


In recognition of Cam Newton's 28th birthday, here are 28 things to know about the most accomplished quarterback in Panthers history.

  • In 2011, the Panthers selected first in the NFL Draft for the lone time in franchise history. They used their selection on Newton.
  • Carolina chose Newton after he won the Heisman Trophy and the national championship in his one season at Auburn.
  • Newton added NFL Most Valuable Player to his trophy case following the 2015 season, becoming the only Panther to earn the award.
  • Newton was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week five times in 2015, tying Tom Brady for most player-of-the-week awards ever won in a season.
  • Just six seasons into his NFL career, Newton holds franchise records for career passing yards (21,772), passing touchdowns (136), completions (1,710) and 300-yard games (14).
  • Already holds the NFL record for career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback, surpassing Hall of Fame inductee Steve Young with his 44th in last year's season opener at the Broncos.
  • In the same game, broke Young's league record with his 32nd career game with both a passing and a rushing touchdown.
  • His 48 career rushing touchdowns are two more than running back DeAngelo Williams, who used to own the team record.
  • Is the only player to lead a current team in both career touchdown passes (136) and career rushing touchdowns (48).
  • His 3.8 million followers on Instagram paces all quarterbacks on the popular social media outlet and ranks second to Odell Beckham among all NFL players.
  • The Cam Newton Foundation has donated more $550,000 to public school systems and impacted more than 6,600 students since its creation in 2012.
  • Passed for 4,051 yards as a rookie in 2011, shattering the previous NFL mark by a rookie (Peyton Manning with 3,739 in 1998).
  • Jumpstarted it with 422 yards in his NFL debut against the Cardinals, becoming the first rookie in league history to top 400 yards in his first career start and tying the NFL record for passing yards by a rookie (Matthew Stafford in 2009).
  • The next week in his home debut, topped the mark he shared with Stafford and established a franchise record with 432 passing yards against the Packers.
  • Finished his rookie season with 14 rushing touchdowns, breaking the single-season NFL record for quarterbacks (12 by Steve Grogan in 1976).
  • Became the first Panther named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
  • Newton's father, Cecil Sr., spent the 1983 and '84 offseasons in NFL camps. His brother, Cecil Jr., was an NFL center whose playing career ended the year Cam Newton was drafted.
  • Is the only player in NFL history to have at least 20,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards in his first six seasons.
  • Is the only player in NFL history with five seasons of 3,000-plus passing yards and 500 or more rushing yards at any point in his career.
  • Has totaled 184 touchdowns, the second most by a quarterback in his first six seasons (Dan Marino, 199).
  • Has totaled 25,338 yards, the second most through a player's first six seasons (Manning, 25,467).
  • Is one of just three players to have at least 3,000 passing yards in their first six seasons (Manning, Andy Dalton).
  • Was the fifth-youngest quarterback to reach 20,000 passing yards (Drew Bledsoe, Manning, Stafford, Marino).
  • Has totaled 48 rushing touchdowns, the third most among active players since 2011 (Marshawn Lynch, 51; LeSean McCoy, 49).
  • Is the only player with five or more rushing touchdowns in each of the past six seasons.
  • Is one of just three quarterbacks with five or more 500-yard rushing seasons in a career (Randall Cunningham, Michael Vick).
  • Might have had cereal but not bacon for his birthday breakfast. Newton became a pescatarian in 2013 – essentially a vegetarian who also eats seafood – but remains a "cereal connoisseur." Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch rank among his favorites.

Enjoy a look Cam's best Under Armour kicks over the years.

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