Cam Newton is back in school at Auburn University and has been taking courses towards a sociology degree for the past three semesters during his off season, causing a bit of a stir on campus. However, the campus is not new to the pro-baller. As a matter of fact, Newton led Auburn to a 52–3 victory over the University of Louisiana-Monroe, a 56–17 victory over the University of South Carolina and eventually to their first SEC Championship since 2004, which they also won 11-0 over the University of Georgia. All these victories occured in 2010, which also happened to be the same year he joined the Auburn Tigers on the football field. Oh and here is one small fact. He broke two Auburn records with one play in the Auburn vs. Louisiana game. First, becoming the second quarterback in conference history to rush for over 1,000 yards and second breaking a 40 year old school record for the most touchdowns in a single season with 27 touchdowns. Newton’s exceptional performance did not go unnoticed; Newton was named the 2010 SEC Offensive Player of the Year, 2010 AP Player of the Year and won the 2010 Heisman Trophy. Not too shabby for a new player at a new school. After a year of triumphs, the Auburn Tigers were invited to play in their first BCS National Championship Game in 2011. Again Newton, led the Tigers to another win, 22-19 over the University of Oregon Within 3 days of celebrating the BCS National Championship victory, Newton decided to pass on his senior year of college and go pro. So off the NFL he went, the first overall pick for the 2011 NFL Draft setting yet another record, the only player since 1950 to be awarded the Heisman Trophy, win a national championship, and become the first overall pick in the NFL draft all in the same one-year span.
Cam Newton’s college football resume was quite impressive. So it should be no surprise that he went on to set even more records as a pro-football player, many of which he set in his rookie year. Listed below are some of the numerous records he has set during his NFL years:
- 2011: Smashed Peyton Manning’s rookie first game 280 yard record throwing record with 400 yards.
- 2011: Broke Otto Graham’s 61 year-old record for passing yards by any quarterback in an NFL debut.
- 2011: First rookie quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season.
- 2011: He ran for 14 touchdowns, more in a single season than any quarterback in NFL history, breaking Steve Grogan’s 35-year-old record.
Why would a multimillionaire athlete like Cam Newton with an above average performance and impressive football career even bother going back to school you ask? One answer…a promise to his Momma! So not only is he a phenomenal player, he is a good son. He scheduled to walk with the May 2015 class. We can imagine it will be a commencement to remember for all involved including the star athlete.