At only 26 years old, he is already a BCS National Championship winner, Heisman Trophy winner, NFL Rookie of the Year winner and NFL MVP winner and took his team to the Super Bowl after a losing season. We knew he was voted the NFL's Most Valuable Player. Peyton Manning sat there, two years ago when they lost to Seattle in the Super Bowl, and answered questions.
With their two wildly different Super Bowl appearances in three years, the Denver Broncos provided the clearest possible evidence that defense does, indeed, win championships. If you thought Newton was missing a weapon at any point last season, wait until you see what a combination of Benjamin and Newton - both with chips on their shoulders - will do to opponents.
The Broncos pass rusher admitted it in a conversation with Peter King of TheMMQB.com over the weekend, coping to an illegal bat of the ball towards the Panthers' end zone. Denver should be proud and grateful - it was a great ride.
"We just stayed after it defensively", Elway said. Stewart finished the game with 12 rushing attempts for 29 yards, which translates to about 2.5 yards per carry.
Still, Newton's stoicism on the field, which some have noted was more than Manning showed following his own loss in Super Bowl XLIV against the New Orleans Saints, does not excuse his actions at the press conference.
Teammate T.J. Ward recovered the loose ball - and, therefore, possession for the Broncos - and the Panthers' chances of victory were officially snuffed out.
Newton's receivers were unable to catch half their targets, forcing the Panthers to use their running game against the Broncos' terrifying running defense. That's something we'll start working on right away and see what we can get done.
Newton was under pressure like never before.
Heuerman then picked up football in high school and became a talented prospect, earning the attention of Ohio State's football program.
Newton enjoyed playing the game this year. It was that play that ensured Miller would finish as the game's MVP.
It also bothered me that during a home game, Newton had taken it upon himself to rip down and dispose of a Green Bay Packers banner that cost a fan of that team $500. Additionally, Newton had an interception, and Mike Tolbert fumbled, adding up to four turnovers for the Panthers over the course of the game.
If the Pittsburgh Steelers have Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown healthy next season, they could be the favorite team to challenge the Broncos for Super Bowl.
After Newton and the Panthers experienced the 24-10 loss to the Broncos, a reluctant Newton was defiant and obviously upset during post-game media interviews. Without the lone goal-line score by CJ Anderson late in the fourth quarter, the Broncos wouldn't have even scored a touchdown on offense.