It's Cam Newton's world; we're just living in it.
On the eve of Super Bowl 50, the Carolina Panthers quarterback was named MVP at the fifth annual NFL Honors ceremony in San Francisco on Saturday:
According to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal, Newton won all but two votes for the league's most coveted individual honor:
|2015 NFL MVP Voting|
|Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers||48|
|Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots||1|
|Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals||1|
Golden State Warriors point guard, reigning NBA MVP and noted Panthers fan Stephen Curry congratulated Newton on the special achievement:
Newton led the Panthers to the franchise's first NFC title since 2003, and the way in which he did so was breathtaking. En route to helping the Panthers capture a franchise-record 15 regular-season wins, Newton completed 59.7 percent of his passes for 3,837 yards and a career-high 35 touchdowns.
He also rushed for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns, becoming the first player in league history to tally at least 30 passing and 10 rushing touchdowns in the same season, according to NFL.com's Chris Wesseling.
"He's just had this incredible year. There's no doubt in my mind he's going to be the MVP on Saturday night," Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said at Super Bowl opening night, per Wesseling. "What he's done in the short time being an NFL quarterback, he's been awesome. He's been awesome. That's the best word I can think of."
Somehow, labeling Newton's season as awesome may be underselling it.
According to Pro-Football-Reference.com, Newton led all quarterbacks in touchdown percentage (7.1), which calculates the percentage of touchdowns thrown when attempting a pass. Considering the 26-year-old was working with a receiving corps comprised of Greg Olsen, Corey Brown, Ted Ginn Jr., Jerricho Cotchery and rookie Devin Funchess, that's remarkable.
"God's not making another Cam Newton for a long time," ESPN analyst and Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter said, according to ESPN.com's David Newton. "He broke the mold when he made him. There'll be a lot of big guys. They're just going to be big guys. They're not going to be Cam Newton."
Tom Brady, Carson Palmer and Russell Wilson all made strong cases to take home the hardware, but Newton's accomplishments with an unheralded supporting cast made his win a lock as the regular season was winding down.
Now all that's left for Newton is to defeat the Broncos and hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Sunday evening at Levi's Stadium as he seeks to become the first player in history to have Heisman, NCAA national championship and Super Bowl trophies residing on his mantle.