Cam Newton (safety)
No. 39 Retired
|Date of birth:May 19, 1982|
|Place of birth: Darlington, South Carolina|
|High school: Marlboro County High School|
|Debuted in 2005 for the Atlanta Falcons|
|Last played in 2008 for the Georgia Force|
|Roster status: Retired|
Career NFL statistics
Cameron Lemark Newton (born May 19, 1982) is a former American football safety. He played college football at Furman University, then played two seasons in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons. He signed with the Panthers after the 2006 season but was cut before the 2007 season. He later played with the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League. Newton's brother Syvelle Newton, played college football for the South Carolina Gamecocks and in the Arena Football League.
Born in Darlington, South Carolina, Newton attended Marlboro County High School in Bennettsville, South Carolina where he played football, starting at defensive back and quarterback. He was a starter on Marlboro's 1998 state championship team, as well as leading Marlboro to a 10-2 record and a playoff berth in 2000. In 2000, he scored 12 touchdowns on the ground and another 15 in the air. He was a first-team All-State selection and a Shrine Bowl selection. He also played basketball for one season at Marlboro.
Newton decided to attend Furman University, where he redshirted his freshman year. In 2001, he was a backup safety behind Josh Cooper, and finished the year with 22 tackles. In 2002, after Cooper's graduation, Newton was promoted to the starting safety job, from which he recorded 57 tackles, six interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and nine pass deflections. He had shoulder surgery during the offseason, and was held out of the 2003 spring training. During the 2003 season, Newton intercepted 10 passes and had a team-high 61 tackles, which earned him a unanimous All-Southern Conference selection as well as Furman University's Best Defensive Back Award. He missed three games in 2004 with an ankle injury, but ended the season with 63 tackles, four passes deflected and two fumbles recoveries. His 9 interceptions were good for 12th highest all-time in Furman University's history.
After going undrafted in the 2005 NFL Draft Newton signed with the Atlanta Falcons. He was promoted to the starting roster on September 20 after cornerback Leigh Torrence was waived. He spent two seasons with the Falcons, during which he started nine games (six in 2005, three in 2006). He totaled four tackles on special teams (all solo). He was waived by the Falcons at the end of the 2006 NFL season after spending some time on their practice squad during the second half of the season. The Carolina Panthers then signed him, but released him before the 2007 season as part of the final training camp cuts. Tryouts for the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans proved unsuccessful.
Arena Football League
After sitting out the 2007 season with an Achilles injury, Newton signed with the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League, where he played for one year. During that year, he totaled 50 tackles, two fumbles recoveries, and four interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns. He was cut after the 2008 season.
After the Panthers drafted Cameron Jerrell Newton in the 2011 NFL Draft, a quarterback from Auburn, Cameron Lemark Newton has frequently been confused with the Auburn quarterback. Jerrell Newton remembers watching Lemark Newton play for the Falcons while he was attending high school in Atlanta, Georgia.
Newton now works as a personal trainer. He holds the Cam Newton Football Fundamentals camp every summer in Bennetsville.
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