What seemed to become a formality as the year went on, Cam Newton was named the Associated Press NFL MVP on Saturday night, as well as Offensive Player of the Year. Newton received 48 first-place votes out of a possible 50. Carson Palmer and Tom Brady each received one vote.
The former first overall pick by the Carolina Panthers finished the year with 45 total touchdowns and led the Panthers to an NFL best 15-1 record and the highest scoring offense in the regular season (31.3 points per game).
Newton finished the regular season winning NFC Offensive Player of the Week five times, selected to his third Pro Bowl and named to the first team All-Pro team for the first time in his career.
Newton made franchise history for the Panthers on Saturday night, as this is the first time they have any of their players win MVP or Offensive Player of the Year. However, that wasn't the only history made as he is the first quarterback ever to win both the Heisman Trophy as well as MVP.
The Panthers' quarterback was not available to accept either award though as he was with the team at their hotel, preparing for tomorrow's Super Bowl.