So much for Cam Newton being “classless“.
The Carolina Panthers quarterback was awarded the Ed Block Courage Award by his teammates for his actions both on and off the field.
It’s no secret what Newton has been able to do on the field. The former first overall pick is having an MVP-caliber season that includes being the first player in NFL history to tally more than 30 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in the same season. He guided his team to a league-best 15-1 record in the regular season, and has the Panthers one game away from the franchise’s second Super Bowl appearance.
Off the field, however, is where Newton really earned the award from his teammates.
Since 2012, the Cam Newton Foundation has donated more that $400,000 to public school systems in the Charlotte and Atlanta areas. From helping student-athletes to feeding families during the holidays, Newton has shown that he’s one of the most selfless players in the league.
It’s just another notch in the belt of Newton, who is quickly becoming one of the faces of the NFL. The only thing that could cap off this extraordinary year is a Super Bowl title. He and the Panthers have a chance to get there when they host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon.
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