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And, quite fittingly, they did it in style with a hype video of their own.
(Stay ’til the very end of that video if you want a look at Newton in the Patriots’ new road uniforms.)
The 31-year-old Newton, who spent the first nine seasons of his NFL career as the face of the Carolina Panthers, arrives to the Patriots on a one-year, incentive-laden contract with the intentions of putting himself back on the NFL map. Health has been a problem in recent years, of course, as a shoulder injury limited (and eventually ended) Newton’s 2018 season, while a foot injury lingered into the regular season and ended his 2019 campaign after just two starts.
Newton has compiled a 68-55-1 career record in 124 starts over nine seasons, is the only player in league history to have at least six seasons with 3,000 or more passing yards and 500 or more rushing yards at any point in his career, and is one of only two players in NFL history to have at least 3,000 passing yards in each of their first eight seasons (Peyton Manning is the other).
Newton also led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50 in what was an MVP-winning season for the 2011 No. 1 overall pick.
Newton will also be just the sixth Heisman recipient to suit up for the Patriots in team history, joining a group including running back Joe Bellino (1960, Navy), and quarterbacks John Huarte (1964, Notre Dame), Jim Plunkett (1970, Stanford), Doug Flutie (1984, Boston College), and Vinny Testaverde (1986, Miami). Quarterback Tim Tebow could’ve been included in this group had he made the 2013 Patriots out of training camp.