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Cam Newton's birthday: 30 for 30


Cam Newton is officially a 30-something.

To celebrate Newton's 30th birthday, here are 30 things to know about the Panthers' franchise quarterback, starting with a couple that tie in with that big, round number.

  • In 2015, Newton became the first (and still only) player in NFL history to pass for at least 30 touchdowns and run for at least 10 in the same season. Newton won league MVP that year.
  • In 2010, Newton passed for 30 touchdowns – still an Auburn record – while running for a then-school-record 20 scores (running back Tre Mason scored 23 times in 2013). Newton won the Heisman Trophy that year.
  • Newton is the only Panthers player to be named NFL MVP. He's the third Heisman Trophy winner to take snaps for Carolina, joining quarterback Vinny Testaverde (1986 winner) and Chris Weinke (2000).
  • Months after Newton led Auburn to the national championship, the Panthers used the lone No. 1 overall pick in franchise history to draft him. Newton promptly picked jersey No. 1, becoming the only player in franchise history to wear it.
  • Newton stands as the Panthers' all-time leader in passing yards (28,469), passing touchdowns (182), pass attempts (3,891), pass completions (2,321), 300-yard passing games (19) and wins by a quarterback (68).
  • He's the only active player to be a franchise's record holder for both rushing and passing touchdowns.
  • Newton's 58 rushing touchdowns are the most by a quarterback in NFL history (since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970).
  • Newton shattered the record previously held by Hall of Fame inductee Steve Young, who rushed for 44 touchdowns. Newton's 58 rushing TDs are tied for second with LeSean McCoy for the most regardless of position since Newton entered the league in 2011 (Marshawn Lynch has 61).
  • He started very strong in that category, rushing for 14 scores as a rookie – the most in league history for a quarterback in a single season.
  • The last time an NFL quarterback not named Newton rushed for double-digits touchdowns in a season was Daunte Culpepper with 10 for the Vikings in 2002.
  • With 4,808 career rushing yards, Newton is likely to join the 5,000-yard quarterback club in 2019 that currently includes only Michael Vick (6,109). Randall Cunningham (4,928) is the only other QB ahead of Newton.
  • Was the fifth-youngest quarterback to reach 20,000 passing yards (behind Drew Bledsoe, Peyton Manning, Matthew Stafford, Dan Marino).
  • Is the only player in NFL history to have at least 20,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards through 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.
  • He passed for 4,051 yards as a rookie in 2011, shattering the previous NFL mark by a rookie (Manning with 3,739 in 1998).
  • Kicked it off with 422 passing 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 (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.
  • One of two players in NFL history, along with Manning, to have at least 3,000 passing yards in each of the first eight seasons.
  • Franchise record holder with 181 consecutive pass attempts without an interception – set between the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
  • Newton was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week five times in 2015, tying Brady for most player-of-the-week awards ever won in a season.
  • Included on that list is a victory late in the 2015 season in which Newton against the Giants became the first player in NFL history with 300 or more passing yards, five or more passing touchdowns and 100 or more rushing yards in a game.
  • Holds NFL record for most career games with at least one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown with 39 games.
  • Newton has 4.1 million followers on Instagram, third most among NFL players behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Brady.
  • Newton launched a YouTube channel five months ago today and already has more than 100,000 subscribers.
  • Via YouTube, recently announced that he's now a vegan. Was previous a pescaterian (he ate seafood).
  • On his 30th birthday, Newton is in the top 30 among NFL players on Twitter – 25th overall and 13th among active players.
  • Newton just wrapped up his fifth annual Kicking It With Cam! kickball tournament, the first time it's been held at Bank of America Stadium. It's the latest in a long line of events benefiting the Cam Newton Foundation, which he founded in 2012.
  • 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.
  • Set a franchise record in 2018 with 11 consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes.

View photos from Cam Newton's celebrity kickball tournament at Bank of America Stadium.