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QB | Panthers
Weight: 245 lbs
Years Pro: 7
Cam Newton’s blend of height, strength, and speed led to 35 touchdown passes, a 99.4 QB rating, an MVP award, and a trip to the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos in the 2015–16 season. And despite a less-than-Cam-like 2016 season in which injuries limited him to just 19 TD passes, his blazing speed (4.5 40-yard dash) and incredible athleticism have made him a fan favorite, while his balls-to-the-wall training ethos has made him a favorite of Panthers strength and conditioning adviser Jason Benguche.
“Our workout strategy this off-season, given that Cam had shoulder surgery, was a little more challenging,” says Benguche. “But the overall goal of our total-body program is to prepare him for the upcoming season with a regimen that includes a core circuit, light conditioning, flexibility training, and movements that enhance mobility.”
Newton’s love of training (see his off-season workout below) and proper nutrition dates back to his epic conquests at Auburn, where the 2010 Heisman Trophy-winner enjoyed a 14–0 run en route to the national championship that season. Fast-forward, and his flashes of sheer greatness in 2015 once again point to Newton as a front-runner for this season’s MVP award. But always the ultimate team player and strength warrior, his only focus is on winning games rather than personal honors.