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Cam Newton is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida and Auburn. He was drafted as the first overall pick by the Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft. Newton is the only player in the modern era to be awarded the Heisman Trophy, win a national championship, and become the first overall pick in an NFL draft within a one-year span.
High School Career
Newton attended Westlake High School in Atlanta, Georgia, where he played for the Westlake Lions high school football team. As a 16-year-old junior, he passed for 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns and ran for 638 yards and nine touchdowns, gaining the attention of major college programs. In his senior year, Newton has rated a five-star prospect by Rivals.com, the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and the 14th quarterback and 28th player overall.
College Career in University of Florida
Newton initially attended the University of Florida, where he was a member of the Florida Gators football team since 2007 and 2008. As a freshman since 2007, Newton beat out fellow freshman quarterback John Brantley as the back-up for eventual Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. He played in five games, passing for 40 yards on 5-of-10 and rushing 16 times for 103 yards and three touchdowns. Since 2008, during his sophomore season, Newton played in the season opener against Hawaii but suffered an ankle injury and took a medical redshirt season.
In late January 2011, Newton began working out with George Whitfield Jr. in San Diego. Whitfield has worked with other quarterbacks such as Ben Roethlisberger and Akili Smith. He was the first reigning Heisman Trophy winner to go first overall since Carson Palmer in 2003. He also was Auburn’s fourth No. 1 selection after Tucker Frederickson (1965), Bo Jackson (1986), and Aundray Bruce (1988).
Newton is the son of Jackie and Cecil Newton Sr., who was cut as a safety from the pre-season rosters of the 1983 Dallas Cowboys and 1984 Buffalo Bills, and the younger brother of Cecil Newton, Jr., a center who most recently played for the Baltimore Ravens. His youngest brother, Caylin, is starting quarterback for the Howard Bison. Furthermore, he stopped playing baseball at 14 years old and quit basketball shortly into his high school career.
- Full Name: Cameron Jerrell Newton
- Date of Birth: May 11, 1989
- Age: 30
- Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia
- Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
- Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
- High school: Westlake (Atlanta, Georgia)
- College: Florida, Auburn
- NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
- Partner: Kia Proctor
- Current team: Carolina Panthers (#1 / Quarterback)
- Children: Chosen Sebastian Newton, Sovereign-Dior Cambella Newton, Camidas Swain Newton
- Education: Westlake High School, Auburn University, University of Florida, Blinn College-Brenham Campus
- Position: Quarterback
- Net Worth: $45 million
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