Saturday went about as well as it could’ve for Cam Newton.
The former Auburn star and Carolina Panthers quarterback won the NFL’s Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year awards at the NFL Honors ceremony Saturday night. Newton ran away with the MVP trophy, receiving all but two votes.
Newton led the Panthers to a 15-1 regular season, accounting for 45 touchdowns, 35 of which passing and 10 of which rushing. He completed 59 percent of his passes for 3,837 yards and those 35 touchdowns versus just 10 interceptions. On the ground, the former Heisman Trophy winner rushed for 636 yards, gaining nearly five yards per carry.
2015 was Newton’s breakout year. The quarterback was elected to his first ever All-Pro team and his third Pro Bowl. He’s no stranger to hardware however, as in addition to the Heisman Trophy, Newton won the 2010 AP Player of the Year, Walter Camp Award and Maxwell Award, as well as the National Championship. He followed that performance up in 2011 by winning the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.
The superstar was not on hand to accept the awards Saturday night as he will be playing in Sunday’s Super Bowl alongside his Panthers teammates against the Denver Broncos. Newton’s father accepted the awards on his behalf.