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Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers takes the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

His name is permanently etched into the history of the Carolina Panthers as one of the best to ever don the black and blue. Now, at the age of 33 and more than one year removed from his last NFL start, Cam Newton is pursuing a comeback. Apparently, he still has a fire in his belly.

Cam was selected first overall by Carolina in the 2011 NFL Draft. His first stint with the Panthers lasted eight years, which included a magical MVP run and trip to the Super Bowl in 2015. He spent 2020 with the New England Patriots and hasn’t played in the league since the 2021 season, when he returned to the Panthers to play eight games and go 0-5 in his starts. But that doesn’t deter Cam from trying again.

According to, Newton plans to prove to the world that he can still play at Auburn University’s 2023 Pro Day. He has returned to his alma mater, where he won the college national championship in 2011, to workout for NFL scouts on Tuesday (3/21). He made it official on Twitter, saying, “Ain’t 32 motherf#@%&!$ better than me.”

It’s unlikely that Cam would get a third stint in Carolina. The Panthers just signed veteran QB Andy Dalton to the roster and are expected to select a quarterback with the first pick of this year’s NFL Draft. I think I speak for all fans when I say they need to get that pick right. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see if our former QB1 can stoke that fire of his and win a spot somewhere in the league.