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Former Auburn QB Cam Newton named NFL MVP, Offensive Player of the Year on eve of Super Bowl

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

In this Dec. 27, 2015, file photo, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during an NFL football game in Atlanta. Newton's spectacular season has earned him The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year award. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
In this Dec. 27, 2015, file photo, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during an NFL football game in Atlanta. Newton's spectacular season has earned him The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year award. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

The NFL announced Cam Newton as the league’s Most Valuable Player Saturday night during a primetime award show on CBS. Newton also picked up Offensive Player of the Year honors.

Newton finished the regular season with 4,473 total yards and league-leading 45 total touchdowns.

His 35 passing touchdowns beat out the Auburn alum’s previous career high set two years ago by double-digits.

The quarterback joins the short list of players (Paul Hornung, O.J. Simpson, Earl Campbell, Marcus Allen and Barry Sanders) who have won a Heisman Trophy and the Associated Press NFL MVP award.

Newtron received 48 of the 50 votes for the award.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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