Carolina Panthers: Will Cam Newton Join Elite Group of Consecutive MVP Winners?

For the first time in franchise history the Carolina Panthers had a player win the MVP award when Cam Newton was named the winner last year. If Newton is able to win the award next year, he will join an elite group of players to win the award in consecutive seasons.

The 2015 season didn't end the way Cam Newton or the Carolina Panthers would have liked by losing to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. However, this was a special team, one that won 15 of 16 regular season games and for the first time in organization history had a player win the AP NFL MVP award. 

After a down year in 2014, Newton rebounded to play exceptionally well with over 3,800 passing yards, another 636 yards on the ground and a total of 45 touchdowns. He was the only quarterback to score double digit rushing touchdowns and finished tied for fifth in the NFL in this category.

The question now becomes can he match his production from a season ago? Can he win consecutive MVP awards? If he does, he will join an elite group of players to accomplish this feat.

Name

Team

Years

Jim Brown

Cleveland Browns

1957, 1958

Joe Montana

San Francisco 49ers

1989, 1990

Brett Farve

Green Bay Packers

1995, 1996, 1997

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis Colts

2003, 2004; 2008, 2009

*List of NFL MVPs courtesy of Sports-Reference.com

Since the award was handed out in 1957, there have been only four players who have been able to achieve this with Jim Brown accomplishing it in the first two years the award was handed out. It took over 30 years for this to happen again when Joe Montana did it at the end of 1980s. Since Montana though it has happened on three separate occasions by two players.

Brett Farve is the only player to win the award three straight years when he won the award from 1995 to 1998 and then Peyton Manning accomplished it on two separate occasions.

Cam Newton has an excellent chance to join this group as he didn't lose any teammates on the offensive side of the ball, a group that finished first in scoring last year. They also will be getting back their top wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who missed last year due to a knee injury.

The return of Benjamin should be a big boost for him as there is the potential that the Panthers could find themselves in more shootouts in 2016 with an inexperienced secondary with the loss of Josh Norman and Roman Harper. Last year, Newton finished 16th in the league in attempts with only 495 and this number could rise in 2016.

The former first overall pick had his best season in the NFL last year but it appears that 2016 could be just as special and he has a great chance to join this elite group of consecutive MVP award winners.

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