Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton entered the NFL as the 2011 first-overall pick in the draft and has played 44 games as a professional, all as a starter. At least 10 of those games have been manufactured by the media as the biggest game of his career at that moment.
There was his first NFL start on Sept. 11, 2011, a road loss to the Arizona Cardinals where Newton set a rookie record by throwing for 422 yards, more than any other rookie passer in his debut.
Just a week later Newton set more rookie records in his first start at home in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. He threw for 432 yards against the Green Bay Packers, becoming the first quarterback to start his career with back-to-back 400-yard passing games. His 432-yard performance was also the most ever in a single game by a rookie.
Newton rounded out his rookie season with more games that were considered his biggest: His first NFC South game, a Week 5 loss at home to the New Orleans Saints, and a Week 6 loss to the Falcons in Atlanta marked Newton’s first trip home. Newton attended high school and played for the Westlake Lions, just 15.1 miles from the Georgia Dome.