2015: Cam Newton (BEST)
Why He’s here: When Newton won a Heisman and national championship at Auburn and became the top overall pick in the draft, this is the kind of player the Panthers envisioned him becoming. He hit the ground running in 2015 and never let up. In retrospect, this appears to be the peak of Newton’s career. Week after week, he couldn’t be contained, as a passer or a runner. Week after week, his incredible skill set and unique body size was on display, and the combination left opposing defenses almost helpless against Newton. Being able to have his highest touchdown total and lowest interception total in the same season made the 2015 campaign truly magical for Newton.
Team Success: Newton and the Panthers finished the 2015 season 15-1, starting the season 14-0. However, Newton met his match in the form of Denver’s defense in the Super Bowl, causing Carolina’s near-perfect season to end in disappointing fashion.
By the Numbers: Completed 296 of 495 passes (59.8%) for 3,837 yards with 35 touchdowns and 10 interceptions plus 636 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.