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Newton ranked first in NFL Top 100

Cam Newton is No. 1.

The reigning MVP heads the "Top 100 Players of 2016" list, the first Panther to do so in the six-year history of the NFL Network series, which concluded Wednesday. The rankings are determined by current players' votes.

Linebacker Luke Kuechly was also a part of the top 10 revealed Wednesday, checking in at No. 7. Newton and Kuechly were the final two of seven current Panthers to make the list, joining tight end Greg Olsen (No. 38), linebacker Thomas Davis (54), defensive tackle Kawann Short (58), center Ryan Kalil (79) and running back Jonathan Stewart (86).

Newton led the Panthers to a 15-1 record in the regular season and an appearance in Super Bowl 50. He became the first player in NFL history with 30-plus passing touchdowns and 10-plus rushing touchdowns in a season, tossing 35 touchdown passes and rushing for 10 more scores. He helped Carolina pace the NFL with a franchise-record 500 points and shared the league lead by directing four game-winning drives.

Newton is the first player in NFL history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 500 yards in five different seasons, and he did so in his first five seasons, finishing with 3,837 passing yards and 636 rushing yards last year. His 43 career rushing touchdowns are tied for the most by a quarterback since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.

Newton has made the Top 100 list in each of his five NFL seasons, with his highest previous ranking coming in 2014 when he was No. 24.

Kansas City paced the list with nine selections, although the Chiefs didn't have any players in the top 25. Including former Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, who earned his No. 11 ranking for what he did with Carolina before signing with Washington, the Panthers had three players in the top 11. Only Carolina and New England had multiple players in the top 10.

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