San Francisco, Cal.--Former Auburn Tigers quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton added another award on Saturday night when he was named the NFL MVP after becoming the first player in NFL history with at least 30 touchdown passes and eight touchdown runs in the same season to help lead the Carolina Panthers to Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos.
Dominant this season with 45 total touchdowns (35 passing and 10 rushing), Newton has completed 296-of-495 passes for 3,837 yards and 35 touchdowns. He's rushed for 636 yards and 10 TDs.
With the win Auburn becomes just the third school in the nation to have MVP’s in all three major sports with Charles Barkley earning the honor in the NBA and both Frank Thomas and Josh Donaldson winning the MVP in Major League Baseball.
Also named MVP by the Associated Press and Offensive Player of the Year, Newton looks to become just the second player in history to win the Heisman, national championship, NFL MVP and a Super Bowl, joining Marcus Allen. He also looks to be third quarterback to win a Heisman, a national title and win a Super Bowl as a starting quarterback, joining Roger Staubach and Jim Plunkett.
Also on Saturday night former Auburn standout and one of the NFL’s all-time sack leaders Kevin Greene (above) was elected to the NFL’s Hall of Fame. A linebacker/defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams (1985-92), Pittsburgh Steelers (1993-95), Panthers (1996, 1998-99) and San Francisco 49ers (1997), Greene ranks third in NFL history with 160 sacks, behind only Bruce Smith and White. He compiled 10 or more sacks in a season 10 times and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection.
Greene becomes the second Auburn player to gain entrance into the Hall of Fame, joining Frank Gatski.