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By his senior year, Newton, one of the top high school prospects in the country, had received scholarship offers from the University of Georgia, the University of Florida and Virginia Tech, among other college football powerhouses.

Newton chose to attend the University of Florida at the start of his senior year of high school. Under the hand of head coach Urban Meyer, the Florida Gators boasted one of college football’s elite programs.

In mid-October, he failed to show up for the team's weekly Q&A with reporters.

Newton returned the following week, but suddenly exited after brushing off a question.

As a freshman, Newton played in just a handful of games and largely watched from the sidelines as the team’s starting QB, Tim Tebow, steered a Heisman Trophy-winning season.

The following year, Newton sat out almost the entire season as a medical redshirt after suffering an ankle injury.

In 2015, Newton amassed 35 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions and rushed for another 10 scores, a performance that netted him the NFL MVP award.

Big and fast, the quarterback packed a cannon of an arm and the kind of foot speed reserved for receivers.Cameron Jerrell “Cam” Newton was born on May 11, 1989, in Atlanta, Georgia.The second of three boys, Newton hailed from a home in which athletics and hard work were a central part of growing up.Over the course of his single season at the community college, Newton resurrected his reputation as one of the most dynamic amateur quarterbacks in the nation, paving the way for his return to Division I football at Auburn University. He led the school to the 2010 BCS National Championship and along the way was named both the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and the AP Player of the Year.He also won the Heisman Trophy in a landslide victory.Selected by the Carolina Panthers with the first pick in the 2011 NFL draft, Newton became one of the league's stars.

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