For many fans of the Carolina Panthers, the massive contract extension signed by the franchise’s young quarterback, Cam Newton, may not have come as a surprise given Newton’s improvement in play and decision making since he was drafted as the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
According to the official Panthers website, Panthers.com, “Newton became the first player in NFL history to accumulate 10,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards through his first four seasons. He has amassed 14,426 passing yards and 2,571 rushing yards by being productive every year, standing as the only player in league history to top 3,000 passing yards and 5,000 rushing yards in four consecutive seasons. His 33 rushing touchdowns are the most for a quarterback through four seasons in NFL history.”
To the team’s decision-makers, Newton keep making strides in the right direction, and the team is confident of his growth in years to come. In his rookie year, the Panthers improved by four victories to 6-10, which began with him tying the NFL record for passing yards by a rookie with 422 and ended with him owning the rookie record for passing yards in a season with 4,051. He also broke the all-time record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 14.
In each of the past two seasons, Newton has led the Panthers to the playoffs. In 2013, the team won the division with a 12-4, and followed up in 2014 with a 4-0 finish in the regular season to become the first team to win consecutive division titles.
Benjamin Kimrey is an ardent fan of the Carolina Panthers, admitting he loves the team “almost as much as I love anything.” Kimrey is also a season ticket holder.
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