Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers quarterback, was named NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year at Saturday’s NFL Honors Show. The awards would serve as a great motivation for Newton, barely 24 hours before Super Bowl 50.
While Panthers coach Ron Rivera was awarded Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons, Houston end J.J. Watt won his third Defensive Player of the Year Award in five seasons.
“It means so much, but not just for myself,” Newton said in a video message broadcasted at the awards ceremony. “’To be the first person in Panthers history to win it – that’s what I’m most proud about.
Years of hard work…
“I’ve received a lot of awards, but to be able to get this organization here, I’m really proud. We didn’t get in this position by happenstance. It took years of hard work and dedication, and now we are reaping the benefits,” added the Panthers superstar, who won the award with a landslide majority of 48 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports journalists and broadcasters. It was revealed that Tom Brady and Carson Palmer each received one vote.
With Newton busy prepping for the big game Sunday, his family accepted the Offensive Player Of The Year award on his behalf. “Cam took an unconventional journey to get here and we’re just so proud of what has happened, my family and I,” said Cam’s father, Cecil. “’So many thanks go out to so many people, from Pop Warner to the Panthers. I don’t have time to tell you all, `Thank you.’ You know who you are. We know who you are,” added Cecil Newton.
Watt on path to greatness…
Watt had previously won the Defensive Player of the Year award for his efforts in the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons. “’It’s almost difficult to comprehend because I’ve only been in the league five years,” said Watt, who tied Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor as the only other player to win the award on three separate occasions.
“’So to think about where I’ve come from and where I am now and what lies ahead, those type of things it almost doesn’t register because of the greatness of the guys that have come before me,” said Watt, who earned 37 of the maximum 50 votes.
With the glitz and charades out of the way, Cam Newton can now focus all his energy on tomorrow’s Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos. Stay tuned for all the latest on Super Bowl 50.
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