Cam Newton has been named The Associated Press NFL MVP for the 2015 season after scoring 45 total touchdowns and leading his team to an NFL-best 15-1 regular season record. The fifth-year dual-threat passer will compete for a Lombardi trophy Sunday night, and the fact that he is only 26 years old means there is a good chance it will not be his last Super Bowl. The question now is, how many MVPs will Cam rack up now that the legendary quarterbacks of the past era are heading toward retirement?
Peyton Manning will most likely be retiring after Super Bowl 50. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, and Carson Palmer are all a few short years from either the end of their careers or a significant decline in production as well. Cam Newton appears just to be hitting his prime, and as of right now there are not too many other young quarterbacks who look like sure-fire MVP candidates of the future. Derek Carr, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, and Ryan Tannehill are a few young passers who have potential, but none come to you as 45 touchdown players, at least not right now.
Newton won the MVP Award without having a legitimate set of weapons. Sure, Greg Olsen is good, and Mike Tolbert has his moments, but the Panthers are sure to look into drafting some weapons for Cam to work with in the years to come. An elite defense doesn’t hurt either, just ask Russell Wilson in Seattle. Newton could very well become the top quarterback in the NFL within a few years, and as he improves his pocket presence, accuracy, touch and awareness, he will hopefully set himself up for when his physical gifts start to decline.
Fans around the world should get a good look at Newton and who and what he is as a player on Super Bowl Sunday. If Cam Newton ends up winning, it would certainly signify the start of a new era of mobile, dual-threat quarterbacks that can sling it as well as make things happen in the running game. For now, it looks like the former Auburn star is, in my opinion, underrated; his leadership, confidence and talent are already MVP-caliber, the rest should fall into place soon.